What to Do When There Aren't Enough Beds in the PICU

Michael A. Rubin, Robert D. Truog

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Abstract

The concepts of medical futility and rationing are often misunderstood and lead to significant consternation when resources are stretched and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds are unavailable. While the two concepts overlap, each has its own distinct application and moral justification. Most importantly, we should avoid using one to justify the other. Bioethics professionals should assist critical care clinicians in clarifying when each rubric should be applied as well as how to develop policies to standardize the approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalAMA journal of ethics
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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