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The Ethics of Triage in the Event of an Influenza Pandemic

Tabery, James and Mackett, Charles (2008) The Ethics of Triage in the Event of an Influenza Pandemic. [Preprint]

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    The prospect of a severe influenza pandemic poses a daunting public health threat to hospitals and the public they serve. The event of a severe influenza pandemic will put hospitals under extreme stress; only so many beds, ventilators, nurses, and physicians will be available, and so it is likely that more patients will require medical attention than can be completely treated. Triage is the process of sorting patients in a time of crisis to determine who receives what level of medical attention. How will hospitals sort patients to determine priority for treatment? What criteria will be used? Who will develop these criteria? This article formulates an answer to these questions by constructing a conceptual framework for anticipating and responding to the ethical issues raised by triage in the event of a severe influenza pandemic.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Direct Multiplier Effect, Ethics, Influenza Pandemic, Public Health, Triage, Utility
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
    General Issues > Ethical Issues
    Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
    Depositing User: James Tabery
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4208
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4208

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