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COVID-19: Difficult Ethical Considerations For Care And Treatment

KPCC, March 27, 2020 (Audio)

March 27, 2020

COVID-19: Difficult Ethical Considerations For Care And Treatment

With shortages of equipment and ventilators, doctors may have to make difficult decisions about who to prioritize with care. It’s unclear when and where these types of decisions could come into play, but many in the medical community are working on guidelines for rationing as the pandemic continues to worsen. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the ethics behind these decisions with experts. Guests: Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Medical Ethics Program at the School of Medicine at UC Irvine, he’s a member of the UC Office of the President’s Critical Care and Bioethics Task Force, which is establishing University of California hospital guidelines on these issues ….