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Minerva Anestesiologica 2020 May 28

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


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This article sets forth ethical principles for responding to extraordinary circumstances in which the demand for medical care threatens to overwhelms 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: COVID-19; Ethics; Rationing; Triage; Ventilators

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