This essay from Joseph J. Fins, one of the authors of New York’s 2015 guidelines on ventilator allocation during a public health emergency, contends that the Task Force’s guidelines should not be interpreted to authorize the commandeering of ventilators used Read More
This article reports on new guidelines from Massachusetts health officials for potential rationing of ventilators in the event COVID-19 case surge overwhelms available supply. According to the article, the guidance uses an 8-point scoring system based on a patient’s likelihood Read More
This forthcoming article from the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine argues that, in allocating scarce resources, determining a patient’s potential to benefit from treatment should rely on a structured, evidence-based, and global assessment of frailty that accounts for more than Read More
This article reports on the potential that ventilators may be reallocated from long-term care facilities to hospitals to respond to resource scarcity due to COVID-19 case surge, including the controversial possibility of disconnecting ventilators currently in use by long-term ventilator-dependent Read More
A new high profile article warns that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities, advising that data collection and sharing, as well as the implementation of services to address the virus’ disparate impact, can be improved in many states. Read More
This draft legal analysis addresses whether existing protocols for rationing scarce resources comply with moral principles and with anti-discrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and concludes that existing approaches adopting a utilitarian approach will have the effect Read More
According to this article U.K. health officials have decided not to release triage criteria for allocating scarce resources in response to COVID-19, even though the guidance had already been drafted and other pandemic response guidelines that include rationing scarce resources Read More
This article offers a roadmap to improving coordination between the states and federal COVID-19 response. Under the U.S. Constitutional structure, public health governance largely occurs at the state and local, rather than the federal, level, resulting in a “patchwork response Read More
This guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA) addresses ethical issues in allocating scarce life-saving medical resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, building on an ethical framework most recently revised in 2017 and providing updated guidance specific to COVID-19. The guidance Read More
Part 2 of this panel discussion with law and bioethics experts focuses on the intersection of disability rights and the rationing medical resources. Key discussion points include: Existing federal laws protect the rights of persons with disabilities, including the Affordable Read More

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