We were at the ER doing paperwork as one of our other units was dispatched for a female in labor. Seemed to be the same old call, probably just started having contractions and probably 10 minutes apart. We listen to the radio traffic and never hear them call for another unit, so it is no big deal. Then we hear them clear the scene responding to the hospital "priority 1" (emergency). So I inform the ER to get ready because either they have delivered or they have a serious complication going on. The unit calls in on the radio and informs the ER they have an "APPROXIMATELY" 19wk pregnant female who delivered 1 female. Pt has a visible heartbeat (approximately 50bpm) and is taking agonal resp. Chest compressions and ventilations are being done. Pt is fully developed in appearance and is about 10" long. I hear this and inform the secretary to call L&D and have an incubator and staff meet them on the ER ramp. The L&D said there was nothing they could do because the fetus wasn't viable. Remember she does have a heartbeat and some respirations, as weak as they may be, they are still present. I met the unit on the ramp and the mother was taken inside, while we waited on the L&D staff. As we wait I myself witness the heartbeat and respirations. I have to go inside and have the ER call to see where the staff is at and I am told they are on the way. Still waiting we decide to screw it, we wrap the fetus up as to avoid as much of the 15 degree temp as we can and go inside. As we are walking to our room the L&D nurse reiterates there is nothing to save, that she doesn't, theoretically, have a chance at surviving. ***littlle reminder*** the pt still has a heartbeat. There was no discussion about atleast performing basic manuevers until the inevitable happens. I being as disgusted and appalled as I was left the room. I heard she was pronounced soon after.
Now I do understand that her chances are next to none and that treating her would be very difficult at 10oz, but for christ's sakes give her a chance.