In a paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers outlined a set of 6 recommendations detailing what strategies medical institutions should implement in the event that medical resources become scarce during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The recommendations are intended to be used by healthcare centers in order to develop guidelines that can be applied fairly and consistently across cases.
“Such guidelines can ensure that individual doctors are never tasked with deciding unaided which patients receive life-saving care and which do not,” the authors wrote. “Instead, we believe guidelines should be provided at a higher level of authority, both to alleviate physician burden and to ensure equal treatment.”
According to the researchers, in the context of a pandemic, the value of maximizing benefits is most important. Moreover,…