Who should receive life support during a public health emergency? Using ethical principles to improve allocation decisions.

@article{White2009WhoSR,
  title={Who should receive life support during a public health emergency? Using ethical principles to improve allocation decisions.},
  author={Douglas B. White and Mitchell H. Katz and John M. Luce and Bernard Lo},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={150 2},
  pages={132-8}
}
A public health emergency, such as an influenza pandemic, will lead to shortages of mechanical ventilators, critical care beds, and other potentially life-saving treatments. Difficult decisions about who will and will not receive these scarce resources will have to be made. Existing recommendations reflect a narrow utilitarian perspective, in which allocation decisions are based primarily on patients' chances of survival to hospital discharge. Certain patient groups, such as the elderly and… CONTINUE READING
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