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Bioethics.Net 06/03/2020 09:00
by Mathias Wirth, Ph.D.; Laurèl Rauschenbach, MD; Brian Hurwitz, MA, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCGP; Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach, MD; Jennifer A. Herdt, Ph.D. Although the number of severely ill people is declining in some epicenters, there is a risk of a second wave of COVID-19 infection with a large number of patients who are likely to require ventilation or other forms of intensive care.
Bioethics.Net 06/03/2020 09:00
by Dalia M. Feltman, MD, MA and Craig Klugman, Ph.D. Our country is polarized to a breaking point on too many issues. Black vs. white. Liberal vs. Conservative. Documented vs. undocumented. Haves vs. Have-Nots. Politics have perversely crept into all areas of life, even into matters of health and pandemic response such as wearing a mask and access to a ventilator. In public health ethics, we know that some communities have the determinants necessary to live healthy lives–safe neighborhoods and built environments, economic stability, good quality education, strong communities, and access to health–but many do not, a difference often divided on racial and ethnic lines thanks to redlining and other urban policies. …
Bioethics.Net 06/02/2020 13:19
by Anne Zimmerman, JD, candidate MS (Bioethics). At first it seemed like violence in the US had subsided during the pandemic. Outrage over police violence against unarmed black men was shelved while COVID-19 news took over the internet and cable news. The current civil outrage is evidence that violence against unarmed black men carries on concurrently with COVID-19’s economic and physical devastation that hurts the poor and the darker-skinned disproportionately. The causes are the same: The economic and physical effects of COVID-19 and police violence are caused by structural inequality.…
Bioethics.Net 06/02/2020 09:00
This post appears in the June issue of the . by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD. It is time to revise the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) to assure a consistent nationwide approach to consent for brain death testing. Only two of 56 U.S. jurisdictions address the question in statute or regulation. Unfortunately, leaving this issue up to clinicians and the courts has led to considerable confusion and variability. We can tolerate this no longer. Certainty and clarity are of paramount importance in death determination.…
Bioethics.Net 06/02/2020 09:00
by Kiarash Aramesh M.D., Ph.D. The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a surge of pseudoscientific claims, sometimes made or supported by political powers. Because of the magnitude of such claims, the risks and costs they inflict, and their global presence and interconnections, health organizations need to take them seriously and address them as a part of its response to such pandemics. The natural course of the COVID-19 infection, in which most of the patients survive, makes it a desirable playground for the promoters of pseudoscience because they can attribute the natural recovery of such patients – or escaping the infection by others – to their pseudo-treatments.…
Bioethics.Net 06/02/2020 05:41
Until the pandemic, no one spent much time wondering about whether something was an “essential service”. This designation has granted necessary special exceptions to community mobility access restrictions created by government imposed “shelter-in-place“ orders instituted to slow the spread of the virus. Throughout the pandemic, determining what was and still is considered essential has been …
Bioethics.Net 06/01/2020 11:27
On Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health approved. legislation that would authorize medical aid in dying as an end-of-life care option. This is the first time the committee approved such legislation. since it was originally introduced. in 2011. The Massachusetts End of Life Options. Act (. ), would give mentally capable, terminally ill individuals. with a prognosis of six months or less to live the option to request, obtain. and self-ingest medication to die peacefully in their sleep if their suffering. becomes unbearable. “I can’t tell you how much this historic vote means. to me after spending the last five years advocating for this peaceful dying. option on behalf of all terminally ill patients, my friends and family.
Bioethics.Net 06/01/2020 10:33
When I blogged last month, I thought surely that May would be an improvement over April. I was wrong. Now, with 100k deaths from COVID-19, and after several days of protests across the country in response to the death of George Floyd, I can’t possibly imagine what the summer will be like. I watched two …
Bioethics.Net 06/01/2020 09:00
by Stephen P. Wood, MS, ACNP-BC. I stood facing the iPad attached to a rolling stand punching in the phone number of the young granddaughter of my intensive care unit patient. He arrived less than twenty-four hours before. I had taken the call the day before from the outside hospital emergency department and the story was grim. This was a seventy-six-year-old male who had acute myeloid leukemia, hypertension, as well as a history of congestive heart failure. He had been sick for the past two days with a fever, a cough and weakness.…
Bioethics.Net 06/01/2020 07:06
Written by: Dr Amna Whiston In this seminar (available on podcast), Professor Arthur Schafer discussed the ethical challenges involved in the Canadian euthanasia debate at the New St Cross Special Ethics Seminar (online). Professor Schafer, who has written extensively over the last thirty years about a range of topics that includes professional and bio-medical ethics, […]
Bioethics.Net 05/30/2020 09:04
What does it mean to be dead? You’d think the answer to that question is binary. You are, or you are not dead. But the fact is every state in the United States determines death differently. And when it comes to brain death specifically, the subtle differences can have major consequences for doctors, patients, and their families. This was a challenge before COVID-19. The pandemic has underscored the already urgent need to reconcile these differences as soon as possible. I joined Jeff Segal, MD, JD on the , to discuss brain death.
Bioethics.Net 05/18/2020 13:48
[00:00:09] Hello and welcome to Reopening the Nation Hastings Center, a conversation about the next steps forward in the coveted 19 pandemic. We’re so pleased to have with us today. Ryan, Kalo, Ed Felten and Mildred Solomon. We’re hoping for strong audience participation. So please do us questions by typing them into the Q&A box…. .

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