Who Gets a Ventilator in a Time of Scarcity?

The critical shortage of ventilators which occurred in Italy is an imminent occurrence in the US.  As our hospitals become flooded with patients which ones are going to receive life saving devices such as ventilators?

CRE notes that any number of states (and possibly hospitals within a state) are working on guidelines dealing with the allocation of scarce medical equipment among particular patient classes; these triage guidelines could determine which patients live and those that die. Many might consider the said guidelines as “binding” and at times are based upon mathematical models. These guidelines are of paramount interest to the public.  CRE will continue its work to promote the input from a comprehensive set of stakeholders during the development of triage guidelines with full recognition of the observation that serious questions have been raised about the efficacy of ventilators.

A Letter From Italy’s Coronavirus Epicenter: “Coffins Pile up in Churches, People in their 80s Die Alone

Editor’s Note: The following is an abbreviated version of a letter to Mr. Gideon Levy, a correspondent with Haaretz, from a friend of his, Rosita Poloni, who is presently a residence of Italy.  Complete Article here.

 An article in the Washington Post reaches conclusions similar to those reached by Ms. Polini.  Italy’s coronavirus deaths are staggering. They might be a preview and not an anomaly: “Doctors and health officials say other countries should regard Italy not as an outlier or an example of missteps, but as a warning of the hardships that could soon be at hand. By Chico HarlanStefano Pitrelli and Claudia Cavaliere.”

Cambridge University Press

“Cambridge published its first book in 1584 making it the oldest publishing house in the world.”

CRE was most fortunate to have its most recent peer reviewed study published by Cambridge University Press.

Michael Uhlmann

Professor Michael Uhlmann passed this past October in the year of 2019. Michael was a person of deep intelligence and with a unique pedigree which he never flaunted. There have been any number of excellent tributes written about Michael. Consequently the Editor thought he would wait six months until he reproduced the one that he thought most accurately captured his experience with Michael. The tribute was written by Susannah Patton  and George Marlin.

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