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Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die.
People older than 85.
Those with severe trauma, which could include critical injuries from car crashes and shootings.
Severely burned patients older than 60.
Those with severe mental impairment, which could include advanced Alzheimer's disease.
Those with a severe chronic disease, such as advanced heart failure, lung disease or poorly controlled diabetes.
If followed to a tee, such rules could exclude care for the poorest, most disadvantaged citizens who suffer disproportionately from chronic disease and disability, he said. While health care rationing will be necessary in a mass disaster, "there are some real ethical concerns here".
Originally posted by FredT
The concept of triage is not new for civilian health care people. I will grap a Triage tag and scan it for you guys to see.
Any Fireman, paramedic, EMT et al. has an understanding of mass casulty triage. I in fact given my position would be expected to eprform the god like role. You usually have more than one triage officer.
It really makes sence and if supplies of vaccines are limited, health care workers can, do, and should have first dibbs as they will have to take care of the sick.
Its cruel but you have to give the strongest the best chance of surrvival.
Devereaux said compiling the list "was emotionally difficult for everyone."
That's partly because members believe it's just a matter of time before such a health care disaster hits, she said.