SNF Agora Conversations: The Ethics of Scarce Resource Planning
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented strains on health systems around the world, most critically shortages in life-saving medical equipment, ICU and hospital beds, and blood products, as well as protective equipment for first responders and frontline health care workers. These shortages have resulted in the need for triage decisions previously experienced in developed countries only during wartime, and raising daunting ethical challenges. This panel will discuss the ethics of scarce resource allocation, public input on how to prioritize members of communities, and the nearly real-time work being carried out in hospitals across the U.S. and the globe to create ethically acceptable allocation frameworks and implementation plans for deciding, quite literally, who will live and who will die.
– Allen Kachalia, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine
– Jeffrey Kahn, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
This conversation is hosted by the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University