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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

IBME researcher and clinical ethicist Settimio Monteverde launches call for urgent reflection about ethical isolation policies in nursing homes in the case of a „second wave“ of the COVID-19 pandemic

Within the actual pandemic, lockdown policies and bans of visits in nursing homes have followed the objective of protecting the lives of the most vulnerable. But they have also provoked much suffering for residents, relatives, and healthcare professionals. In a declaration published in the Swiss Medical Review, over 100 medical ethicists have highlighted that the protection of life cannot be pursued without protecting the quality of life, the rights and interests of the person, and, if lacking decision-making capacity, the right of being legally represented in medical decisions.  

Swiss Medical Review

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