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Ethical considerations in the management of Ebola virus disease.

Solano, Thomas; Gilbert, Gwendolyn L; Kerridge, Ian H; Nayyar, Vineet; Berry, Angela.
Med J Aust; 203(4): 193-5e.1, 2015 Aug 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Ago 2015 | ID: mdl-26268293
Resumo: Is it ethically appropriate in some circumstances for HCWs to decline to care for patients with EVD? How should treatment decisions be made regarding limitation of therapy for patients with EVD? There are two main ethical questions regarding the critical care of patients with EVD in an Australian setting: Is it ethically appropriate in some circumstances for HCWs to decline to care for patients with EVD? How should treatment decisions be made regarding limitation of therapy for patients with EVD? The key concern is ensuring that no patient is denied therapy that should be provided, while preventing unnecessary risk to HCWs. It is imperative to develop an approach that facilitates rigorous, evidence-based and ethically justifiable decision making, which should include a predetermined, institutionally endorsed process for assessing difficult clinical scenarios as they arise.