An Ethical Dilemma in SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic : Who Gets the Ventilator?

  • Dumache Raluca Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania Department of Legal Medicine, Bioethics, Deontology and Medical Law
  • Ciocan Veronica Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania Department of Legal Medicine, Bioethics, Deontology and Medical Law
  • Muresan Camelia Oana Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania Department of Legal Medicine, Bioethics, Deontology and Medical Law
  • Enache Alexandra Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania Department of Legal Medicine, Bioethics, Deontology and Medical Law
Keywords: Ethics, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-Cov-2), Guidelines, Utilitarianism

Abstract

Since the current pandemic is an emergency situation worldwide, there’s a shortage of mechanical ventilators, intensive care unit (ICU) beds, and other medical equipment. Due to new disease and insufficient medical data, it is difficult to ensure access to life-saving treatments for people with various vulnerabilities. From an ethical point of view, the current guidelines and recommendations, as incomplete as they are, suggest the utilitarian principle that the allocation of life-saving treatments is based on assessing patients' chances of survival.

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Published
2020-07-30
How to Cite
Raluca, D., Veronica, C., Oana, M. C., & Alexandra, E. (2020). An Ethical Dilemma in SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic : Who Gets the Ventilator?. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 16(21), 24. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2020.v16n21p24
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ESJ Natural/Life/Medical Sciences