Category: Healthcare Ethics (Page 3 of 3)

Rabbi Hershel Schachter: Coronavirus Q&A

Questions and answers with Rav Hershel Schachter shlit”a, regarding situations arising from the coronavirus crisis. Transcribed by Rabbi Pini Dunner (assisted by Michael Bernstein). This transcript has been approved by Rav Hershel Schachter. With many thanks to Rabbi Marc Dratch of the RCA, who posed the questions to Rav Schachterand to Rabbi Aryeh Richter for adding the footnotes (see PDF download).Read the rest

Rav Herschel Schachter: Removing a Coronavirus Patient from a Respirator

[text of an email sent by the Rabbinical Council of America to its members on March 19, 2020]

I received a call today from the chair of a hospital Ethics Committee asking our position on a situation for which the hospital unfortunately feels a need to prepare: Would we permit the removal of a respirator from an end-of-life Coronavirus patient to be used by another patient whose life, in the opinion of the medical staff, could be saved?… Read the rest

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