Pandemic Ethics: Is it right to cut corners in the search for a coronavirus cure?
By Julian Savulescu Cross-posted from The Guardian The race is on to find a treatment for coronavirus. This race is split between two approaches: the trialling of pre-existing drugs used for similar diseases, and the hunt for a vaccine. In both instances, important ethical decisions must be made. Is it OK to reassign a treatment that […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 25, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Julian Savulescu Tags: Health Care Research Ethics Julian Savulescu's Posts Pandemic Ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

The Science of Social Distancing – Free Webinar
The Science of Social Distancing When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 3:00 to 4:30 pm ET (2 pm central, 1 pm mountain, noon pacific) Where: Webinar Register here: http://www.covid19conversations.org/ Agenda 3:00 pm | Welcome  Vict... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 25, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Advance Care Planning for COVID-19
Some leading organizations that provide training, education, and resources on advance care planning are offering free tools. Respecting Choices materials are here. National POLST materials are here. Individuals and their families who are at highest ri... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 25, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics: Why Is Virtual Wrongdoing Morally Disquieting, Insofar As It Is?
This essay was the winning entry in the undergraduate category of the 6th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics. Written by University of Oxford student, Eric Sheng. In the computer game Red Dead Redemption 2 (henceforward, RDR2), players control a character in a virtual world. Among the characters represented by computer graphics but not […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 25, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Ethics Tags: Ethics Health Care Technology morality Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics syndicated Wrongdoing Source Type: blogs

My Covid Epitaph
If I do not survive Covid Please note the hopes we shaped before The concerts, hikes and family feasts Still on schedule, still in store.   I can write my colleagues’ tributes now I hope you will be flattered, How you toiled, co-authored, supported staff. You smiled when it mattered.   But we will die. […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: reflectivemeded Tags: Health Care syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Summer Training and Research Funding: 2020 HIV & Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute [Deadline Extended 04/08/20]
Message from Director: Given the current COVID-19 crisis, we are considering online and other training alternatives. We do continue to encourage applications at this time. Please feel free to email Rimah Jaber, Institute Program Administrator, at ethicsinst@fordham.edu with any questions or concerns. Now in its tenth year, the Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Ethics and Society Tags: Ethics Health Care Research Ethics drug abuse Drug use Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute HIV Prevention research funding syndicated Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Cross Post: Flouting Quarantine
Written by Dr Thomas Douglas Dr Tom Douglas has recently published a fascinating article on the Stockholm Centre, For the Ethics of War and Peace blog: As I write this, COVID-19, an illness caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is sweeping the globe. Over 15,000 people have died, and it is likely that at least […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Ethics Tags: Ethics Health Care COVID-19 Cross Post medical ethics quarantine Social Distancing syndicated Tom Douglas' Posts Source Type: blogs

America ’s Bioethicists: Government Must Use Federal Powers To Fight Covid-19
I joined 1400 bioethics colleagues in this letter to Congress and the White House, imploring the U.S. government to immediately use its federal power and funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as a matter of moral imperative.  The letter calls... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Pandemic Ethics: Covid-19 Shows Just How Much of Ethics Depends on (Good) Data
Written by Hazem Zohny In times of crises, the archetypal ethicist sits in the proverbial armchair and hums and haws, testing out intuitions about an action or policy against a jumble of moral theories. Covid-19 shows why the archetypal ethicist is as useless as antibiotics are for viral infections. This is because virtually all the […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Hazem Zohny Tags: Health Care Public Health Pandemic Ethics regulation syndicated Source Type: blogs

Pandemic Ethics: Who gets the ventilator in the coronavirus pandemic? These are the ethical approaches to allocating medical care
By Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson Cross-posted from ABC Online Imagine there are two patients with respiratory failure. Joan is 40, normally employed with two children and no other health conditions or disabilities. Mary is 80, with severe dementia, in a nursing home. In the Western world, doctors are gearing up for an explosion of […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Julian Savulescu Tags: Ethics Health Care Dominic Wilkinson's Posts Julian Savulescu's Posts Pandemic Ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

Politics, Ethics, and Shutting Down in the Face of Covid-19
Written by Stephen Rainey Recently, I wrote about some possible limits of democratic politics in the context of climate change science. The idea was that politics could owe debts to citizens that might prompt suspension of established, and in themselves desirable, norms under certain circumstances. Coronavirus presents more such circumstances, so it’s worth revisiting those […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Stephen Rainey Tags: Ethics Health Care Politics Public Health Pandemic Ethics Political Philosophy public engagement Stephen Rainey's Posts syndicated Source Type: blogs

Congratulations to our Winners and Runners up in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics 2020
Please join us in congratulating all of the finalists in this unique final for the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics, and in particular our winners, Eric Sheng and Maya Krishnan. In an Oxford Uehiro Centre first the 6th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics was held as a Zoom webinar event. The Finalists in each […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 24, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Ethics Tags: Ethics Health Care Announcements Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Public Events syndicated Source Type: blogs

Flattening the Curve, Then What?
The metaphor “flattening the curve” has succinctly captured the challenge of responding to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. With no vaccine or effective treatment, the use of social distancing measures attempts to delay the spread of infection and keep the need for intensive, hospital-based health services within the capacity of our health care… Read more The post Flattening the Curve, Then What? appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 23, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care COVID-19 global health H1N1 flu Hastings Bioethics Forum pandemic surge capacity syndicated Source Type: blogs

Plaguing Shakespeare by J. Russell Teagarden
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Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 23, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: GalN Tags: Health Care A Different Take syndicated Source Type: blogs

Cross Post: Coronavirus: The Conversation We Should Have With Our Loved Ones Now – Leading Medic
This article was originally published on The Conversation Waiting is never easy. Sometimes the period when you know that something bad is coming is almost harder than when it finally arrives. Across the health service, there is an enormous and unprecedented effort underway to prepare for the coming […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 23, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Practical Ethics Tags: Health Care Coronavirus; Pandemic; Ethics; Public Health Dominic Wilkinson's Posts medical ethics syndicated Source Type: blogs

Sample Triage Policies for Ventilators & Critical Care
The Association of Bioethics Program Directors has been sharing various implemented or “under development” triage policies in anticipation of expected shortages of ventilators and other critical care equipment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 23, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The professional obligations of medical students in COVID-19 Responses
by Amal Cheema “When pestilence prevails, it is [a physician’s] duty to face the danger, and to continue their labors for the alleviation of suffering, even at the jeopardy of their own lives.” Baker, R., A. Caplan et al. 1999 The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the course and experience of medical training for thousands of students. Many, if not all, medical schools have moved classes entirely online, postponing anatomy labs and clinical skills classes. Heeding the guidance of the Association of American Medical Colleges, allopathic schools have canceled all rotations.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 23, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Education Featured Posts Health Care Professionalism Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 medical students PPE Source Type: blogs

Idaho Enacts Nation ’ s 5th Simon ’ s Law
Idaho has enacted the nation's fifth Simon's Law. Joining Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota; the new law constrains when clinicians may write orders withholding life-sustaining treatment from a minor. The Idaho statute is comparatively stron... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 23, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Five Wishes Advance Care Planning Document – Now Free
Aging with Dignity has spent nearly 25 years helping families have discussions about what their loved ones would want if faced with a serious or life-threatening illness. Their Five Wishes is America's most popular and easy-to-understand and use advance care planning program. Because of the national emergency, Aging with Dignity has decided to take the unprecedented step of making the Five Wishes document available online to individuals at no cost.  Use it for yourself.  Use it for your parents, spouse, siblings, adult children, extended family, and friends.  Just use it! With life coming to a near standstil...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 22, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Allocation of Scarce Critical Care Resources During a Public Health Emergency
How to allocate scarce resources (e.g., ventilators/ICU beds) is a critically important issue to get right. Unfortunately, there are some really problematic approaches to triage that are being floated across the country. For example, some policies cate... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 21, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Pandemic ethics: Never again – will we make Covid-19 a warning shot or a dud?
by Anders Sandberg The Covid-19 pandemic is not the end of the world. But it certainly is a wake-up call. When we look back on the current situation in a year’s time, will we collectively learn the right lessons or instead quickly forget like we did with the 1918 flu? Or even think it was […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 21, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Anders Sandberg Tags: Ethics Health Care Public Health 1918 influenza Anders Sandberg's Posts collective amnesia collective learning Collective Responsibility COVID-19 epistemic duty Epistemic Ethics forgetting International/ Global Health memory pa Source Type: blogs

Who Should I Help First?
by Nicki Reno-Welt, PA-C, MSHS, MFA  I am distraught about Covid-19. But not just for all the valid reasons we hear about on the news. I am a 45-year-old, licensed, board-certified physician assistant. I have spent my entire career working with the underserved. I have studied bioethics and health care rationing in times of catastrophe. I am a professor in a PA program dedicated to teaching students to care for the underserved. In hindsight, my entire life has been preparatory work for this pandemic.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 21, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Featured Posts professional ethics Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 pandemic Source Type: blogs

Communicating in a Crisis: Easy to follow steps from a communication professional
by Jay Baglia, Ph.D. In a crisis, citizens seek information. Civic leaders need to address their constituencies regularly. But quantity isn’t nearly as valuable as quality and consistency. As a professor of communication studies who has taught public speaking at the university level for 25 years, I’ve got to say if there’s anything making this coronavirus crisis worse, it’s poor communication. Here’s some advice for our leaders. From the moment you step in front of the microphone, you should practice what you preach.… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 20, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Jay Baglia Tags: Featured Posts Media Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 health communication pandemic Source Type: blogs

False Hope About Coronavirus Treatments
While patients can and do recover from coronavirus infections, there are currently no approved treatments that are known to work against COVID-19. The post False Hope About Coronavirus Treatments appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 20, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Health Care COVID-19 right to try syndicated Source Type: blogs

Ethics of Community Participation Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak
by Amy C. Reese, MBe, PharmD This country is in the midst of a health crisis. These past few weeks have reminded me of the ingrained duty that each healthcare professional has to patients. We take an oath to provide care and protect our patients when we are inaugurated into the profession of our chosen healthcare field. I am a pharmacist who currently works in the community; as such, I am the most accessible healthcare professional (I am considered a provider in some states).… (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 19, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Featured Posts Pharmaceuticals Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 pandemic Source Type: blogs

Bioethics Toolkit Resources for COVID-19
Bioethics.net and the American Journal of Bioethics have assembled a bioethics toolkit for people dealing with COVID-19. We have a collection of important blogs from around the internet that you can find here. We also highly recommending our growing catalog of our original blog posts by leading scholars writing on bioethics in pandemics. The Hastings Center has assembled a number of reports and resources. For the best scientific information: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention World Health Organization Johns Hopkins University Global Case Counter For ethical Guidelines for Responding to Crisis: Illinois Ethics ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 19, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Blog Editor Tags: Featured Posts Public Health Uncategorized #diaryofaplagueyear COVID-19 pandemic Source Type: blogs

Call for Papers – Ethics, Pandemics, and COVID-19
The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal announces a special emergency, open-access issue on Ethics, Pandemics, and COVID-19. Papers from 3,000-12,000 words on ethical issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic are invited. Papers are welcome on&nbsp... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 19, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 and the Global Ethics Freefall
Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan last December, the national and global responses to COVID-19 have been in ethics freefall. The post COVID-19 and the Global Ethics Freefall appeared first on The Hastings Center. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 19, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Susan Gilbert Tags: Ethics Health Care COVID-19 Europe global health Hastings Bioethics Forum herd immunity Pandemic Planning syndicated United Kingdom utilitarianism Source Type: blogs

Ethics Resources for Healthcare Providers Responding to COVID-19
Here are two new ethics resources  for healthcare providers responding to COVID-19.  Thomas Cunningham, the Bioethics Director for Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles has created a database of resources. The database is comprised of several G... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 19, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Surrogates May Not Come to the Hospital
Patients at Anne Arundel Medical Center and Doctors Community Hospital in Maryland may have no visitors unless the patient qualifies for an exception. In that case, only one visitor per day is allowed. And even that is permitted only if the visitor pas... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 19, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus: Dark Clouds, But Some Silver Linings?
By Charles Foster Cross posted from The Conversation To be clear, and in the hope of heading off some trolls, two observations. First: of course I don’t welcome the epidemic. It will cause death, worry, inconvenience and great physical and economic suffering. Lives and livelihoods will be destroyed. The burden will fall disproportionately on the […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 18, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Charles Foster Tags: Animal Ethics Clinical Ethics Decision making Environmental Ethics Health Care Politics Public Health Science ageing bioethics Charles Foster's Posts Children and Families Collective Responsibility Critical Care Current Affairs Source Type: blogs

“Twitter Chat” About COVID-19: Ethical Dilemmas in a Pandemic
Dr. Alyssa Burgart hosts a monthly ethics “Twitter chat” with MedPage Today, a medical news site. She uses the chats to highlight ethics experts on various topics. In January, Alison Bateman-House discussed access to unapproved drugs. In February, Josephine Johnston discussed germline genome editing. I was supposed to discussed medical aid in dying on the March chat.  But as the COVID-19 outbreak’s approach became more apparent, I passed the torch to Lindsay Wiley, a public health ethics and law expert at American University. Dr. Burgart also reached out to another public health e...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 18, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

COVID Chronicles: What Does Triage Mean, How Does it Work, and When Will We Need It
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. Doctors in Italy have run out of beds. They have run out of ventilators. They are now having to decide who may live and who will likely die. For many, utilitarianism has helped making decisions—maximizing likeliness to survive and remaining years of life. The U.S. may not be far behind in having to make these tough choices. Some hospitals in harder hit regions like New York City and Seattle are already finding themselves stretched thin. They have had to expand their surge capacity (the ability to meet the expanded needs of a growing patient population beyond normal operations) by increasing be...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 17, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: Clinical Ethics Decision making Featured Posts Justice Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear Coronavirus; Pandemic; Ethics; Public Health COVID-19 Triage Source Type: blogs

COVID Chronicles: What Does Triage Mean, How Does it Work, and When Will We Need It?
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. Doctors in Italy have run out of beds. They have run out of ventilators. They are now having to decide who may live and who will likely die. For many, utilitarianism has helped making decisions—maximizing likeliness to survive and remaining years of life. The U.S. may not be far behind in having to make these tough choices. Some hospitals in harder hit regions like New York City and Seattle are already finding themselves stretched thin. They have had to expand their surge capacity (the ability to meet the expanded needs of a growing patient population beyond normal operations) by increasing be...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 17, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Craig Klugman Tags: Clinical Ethics Decision making Featured Posts Justice Public Health #diaryofaplagueyear Coronavirus; Pandemic; Ethics; Public Health COVID-19 Triage Source Type: blogs

Avoiding Late-stage Dementia with Advance Directives for Stopping Eating and Drinking
A few months ago, I posted an extensive blog on "Avoiding late-stage dementia with advance directives for stopping eating and drinking."  The Nevada bill that I discussed has now been codified in the Nevada Revised Code. I posted a copy here. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 17, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Bioethics and the COVID-19 National Emergency
What a difference a couple of days can make. In the last blog entry, Steve Phillips discussed the problems that fear and panic are causing as we deal the many unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the current incidence, prevalence, and mortality of COVID-19 lags behind that of seasonal influenza (as well as past influenza … Continue reading "Bioethics and the COVID-19 National Emergency" (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 17, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Mark McQuain Tags: Health Care Allocation / Access / Public Health bioethics Health Care Practice human dignity syndicated Source Type: blogs

Legal Briefing: Crisis Standards of Care and Legal Protections during Disasters and Emergencies
I have been getting so many questions about liability and altered standards of care that I am going to reread my 2010 article "Legal Briefing: Crisis Standards of Care and Legal Protections during Disasters and Emergencies." I am delighted to see... (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - March 16, 2020 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs