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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

New Publication: «Ethics of ICU triage during COVID-19»

«Ethics of ICU triage during COVID-19» was published by Rasita Vinay Holger Baumann and Nikola Biller-Andorno in British Medical Bulletin.


The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has placed intensive care units (ICU) triage at the center of bioethical discussions. National and international triage guidelines emerged from professional and governmental bodies and have led to controversial discussions about which criteria—e.g. medical prognosis, age, life-expectancy or quality of life—are ethically acceptable. The paper presents the main points of agreement and disagreement in triage protocols and reviews the ethical debate surrounding them.