A senior administration official said Thursday that the White House has ordered an overhaul of the way the nation treats patients with the internal jugular vein, a vein that serves as a conduit for blood to the brain.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the new policy would treat all of those who have a vein at a time of need, even if they don’t need it.
It would not affect patients who have an external vein or a fracture or are underweight or otherwise unwell.
The policy would not include people with heart problems, or those who require emergency surgery, the official said.
The new rule would be effective by early next year, the person said.
The official would not say how many of the more than 4 million people who receive emergency care each year in the U.S. have a fracture of the internal vein.
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