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Khazanie P, Wynia MK, Dickert NW. P, Wynia MK, Dickert NW
Forced choices: ethical challenges in cardiology during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article discusses the ethical dilemmas that cardiologists may face with cardiac patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The influx of patients threatens to exhaust resources in many hospitals and creates many challenges. These include determining the urgency of subacute and chronic cardiovascular diseases. Another challenge is critical care triage in cardiac patients. Protocols were developed during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic which are now adapted for the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest challenge has been interacting with patients and their families. A cardiac patient may not be able to go to an intensive care unit due to severe scarcity of beds and to minimize risks to them and the medical staff.
AHRQ-funded; R01 HS026081.
Citation: Khazanie P, Wynia MK, Dickert NW. P, Wynia MK, Dickert NW . Forced choices: ethical challenges in cardiology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Circulation 2020 Jul 21;142(3):194-96. doi: 10.1161/circulationaha.120.047681..
Keywords: COVID-19, Cardiovascular Conditions, Heart Disease and Health, Public Health, Healthcare Delivery