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Minerva Anestesiologica 2020 August;86(8):872-6

DOI: 10.23736/S0375-9393.20.14691-1

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Principled decisions and virtuous care: an ethical assessment of the SIAARTI Guidelines for allocating intensive care resources

Daniel P. SULMASY

Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA



This article sets forth ethical principles for responding to extraordinary circumstances in which the demand for medical care threatens to overwhelm available resources, as in the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of these principles, the author then assesses the ethics of the SIAARTI guidelines for rationing ICU beds and ventilators under such circumstances.


KEY WORDS: Guidelines; COVID-19; Coronavirus; Intensive care units; Resource allocation

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