Allocation of ventilators in a public health disaster.

  title={Allocation of ventilators in a public health disaster.},
  author={T. Powell and Kelly C Christ and G. Birkhead},
  journal={Disaster medicine and public health preparedness},
  volume={2 1},
  • T. Powell, Kelly C Christ, G. Birkhead
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • Disaster medicine and public health preparedness
  • 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, distributive… CONTINUE READING
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