Today the @NEJM published ethical guidelines for the allocation of resources as we fight #COVID19. #RATIONING

Today the @NEJM published ethical guidelines for the
allocation of resources as we fight #COVID19. These are
critical because we lack sufficient supplies and equipment to
care for all comers.

Guidelines like these may seem like a cold equation. But we
need them to “ensure that individual physicians are not faced
with the terrible task of improvising decisions about whom to
treat…” which “could exact an acute and life-long emotional
toll.”

I’ll summarize them here:

“Recommendation 1: In the context of a pandemic, the value of
maximizing benefits is most important.” This basically boils
down to prioritizing young over old. It also means that we
may remove resources (e.g., ventilator) from one to give to
others.

More at the link…

 

 

h/t dr0id

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