Guiding decisions about health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 9, 2020

A new ethics framework aims to help clinicians and policy makers decide how to allocate scarce clinical resources during a pandemic such as COVID-19.

The Sydney-based ethicists and clinicians who developed the framework were led by Professor Angus Dawson, Director of Sydney Health Ethics and APPRISE researcher.

Professor Dawson said the request to develop the ethical framework came amid concerns that intensive care units will be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.

“Once we are in a pandemic situation and we are responding to a particular event and we have constraints placed upon the resources we have, then we have to do something different,” Professor Dawson told ABC’s The Drum.

Read the University of Sydney media release.

Download the COVID-19 resource allocation ethics framework.


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