Category: Healthcare Ethics (Page 1 of 3)

Rabbi Dr. Jason Weiner, Cedars-Sinai Hospital: Emergency Triage Protocols based on Jewish Values

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare systems worried that they would face very severe shortages which could significantly affect clinical decision making for physicians, patients and families. Shortages of ICU beds and ventilators created very real concerns about how to properly ration them, which led to wrenching life-and death-decisions.… Read the rest

Culture of Life Foundation: Be Responsible: Why We Should Reject COVID Digital Contact Tracing

by R.J. Snell, Ph.D.

Given the continued spread of coronavirus and the inherent limitations of stay at home orders and social distancing, many health authorities are developing contact tracing plans. As outlined by the CDC, case investigators would contact infected patients, “assist in arranging for patients to isolate themselves, and work with patients to identify people with whom the patients have been in close contact so the contact tracer can locate them.”… Read the rest

National Catholic Bioethics Center: Summary of Triage Principles and Applications for Catholic Health Care Organizations

Triage and limited resource allocation protocols can be ethically appropriate when a genuine crisis situation arises, where the demand for resources (space, staff, equipment) surpasses availability, and when other reasonable efforts to increase supply fail to meet the need. They must be built on a proper, principled moral framework.

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