SNF Agora Conversations: The Ethics of Scarce Resource Planning

Friday, Apr 17, 2020
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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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.

– Ruth Faden, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics Founder and Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Johns Hopkins University

– 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 theĀ SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University