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Ethics in the Face of Crisis

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Bioethics in the time of crisis

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. This will raise difficult decisions about who will and will not receive these scarce resources. Particularly pertinent as we live through the uncertain trials and tribulations of the current COVID-19 pandemic, read this article as it confronts with the difficult ethical questions of such scenarios.

Who Should Receive Life Support During a Public Health Emergency?

Using Ethical Principles to Improve Allocation Decisions

Douglas B. White, Mitchell H. Katz, John M. Luce, and Bernard Lo