March 23, 2020 / Modern Healthcare
Dr. Zeke Emanuel and several other experts write in NEJM that COVID-19 has already sparked medical resource rationing. Ultimately, providers need to consider four values as they allocate resources and treat patients: maximizing benefits, treating equally, promoting and rewarding instrumental value and giving priority to those worst off.
While coronavirus is a pandemic at this point, the authors note that clinicians need to apply the same resource allocation principles to those infected with the virus and other patients in their facilities.
JAMA looks for ideas to conserve PPE
Hospitals are running low on personal protective equipment and changing their guidelines in an effort to conserve those supplies. JAMA is looking for ideas to help providers conserve their inventory, keep the workforce safe and find new streamlines for PPE. They’re asking readers to comment with suggestions.