Allocation of Ventilators in a Public Health Disaster

  title={Allocation of Ventilators in a Public Health Disaster},
  author={Tia Powell and Kelly C Christ and Guthrie S Birkhead},
  journal={Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness},
  pages={20 - 26}
ABSTRACT Background: In a public health emergency, many more patients could require mechanical ventilators than can be accommodated. Methods: To plan for such a crisis, the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law convened a workgroup to develop ethical and clinical guidelines for ventilator triage. Results: The workgroup crafted an ethical framework including the following components: duty to care, duty to steward resources, duty to plan… 

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