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Ethics in the Covid-19 emergency: Examining rationing decisions

Arnav Mahurkar

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.049


Early last month, the Italian Society of Anaesthesia was forced to publish the above guideline (1) for the country’s hospitals. Besides the rising cases of infection, the doctors realised that patients required up to 15-20 days of intensive care as the disease progressed (2). In the face of medical resource scarcities, the guideline established that everyone could not be saved from the coronavirus. And a massive death toll ensued.

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