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Ethical Considerations for Decision Making Regarding Allocation of Mechanical Ventilators during a Severe Influenza Pandemic or Other Public Health Emergency

The Ventilator Document Workgroup, Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee. (2011). Ethical Considerations for Decision Making Regarding Allocation of Mechanical Ventilators during a Severe Influenza Pandemic or Other Public Health Emergency. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This document, developed by an expert workgroup, provides a conceptual framework for planning efforts related to allocation of mechanical ventilators during a severe influenza pandemic. It supplements a document released by CDC in 2007, Ethical Guidelines in Pandemic Influenza. The document outline key assumptions, describes routine versus emergency practice, and discusses principles guiding ventilator allocation, who should make allocation decisions, and other considerations.
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