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Monday, May 05, 2008

Who Will Live, Who Will Die?

Well, it was only a matter of time before this kind of report would become a topic in mainstream discussion. A few years ago, if you tried to make lists like this, you would have been offered a one way ticket to a prison for fascists. Like we have forgotten Viet Nam, so too we have forgotten the war to defeat Nazism. Hitler would be so proud of this group of goons. Sadly, some Doctors have forgotten the Hippocratic Oath as well.
Who Should Not Be Saved in a Pandemic?
Posted: 2008-05-05 13:28:17
Filed Under: Health News
CHICAGO (May 5) - Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die.

Now, an influential group of physicians has drafted a grimly specific list of recommendations for which patients wouldn't be treated. They include the very elderly, seriously hurt trauma victims, severely burned patients and those with severe dementia.

The suggested list was compiled by a task force whose members come from prestigious universities, medical groups, the military and government agencies. They include the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proposed guidelines are designed to be a blueprint for hospitals "so that everybody will be thinking in the same way" when pandemic flu or another widespread health care disaster hits, said Dr. Asha Devereaux. She is a critical care specialist in San Diego and lead writer of the task force report.

The idea is to try to make sure that scarce resources - including ventilators, medicine and doctors and nurses - are used in a uniform, objective way, task force members said.

Their recommendations appear in a report appearing Monday in the May edition of Chest, the medical journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.

In a triage environment, hard decisions are made by medical professionals on the spot based on the current situation.
It's an unfortunate reality. However, planning in advance who you will treat regardless of the current situation or the individual is absolutely wrong.
The folks on the spot need freedom to act according to their training, treating patients as they arrive for care.
If something bad happens, the first time I see an injured person turned away because they are on the "Die" list, I'm going to start my own "Die" list. Starting with the scumbag who turns them away.
Lists can't predetermine life, only an evaluation of a trained professional on the spot can do that, and I don't envy them that difficult task; it goes with the job.
Our Elitist masters are really starting to push their luck with this idea.
As I have said before:
Fighting evil is a moral obligation. Fighting corruption is a civil obligation. Fighting tyranny is a political obligation. The battle against all three is the war to save humanity.
Time to choose sides.

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