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  • Writer's pictureLaurent DECORY

As ventilator shortages loom, experts recommend fairest way to allocate scarce resources

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Experts offer 6 recommendations to guide healthcare providers in a paper published by the New England Journal of Medicine.


Here are those 6 key principles:

- among sick patients, favor those who can recover if treated

- give front-line healthcare workers priority

- don't follow "first come, first served" principle for equity

- adapt priorities based on intervention

- prioritize patients participating trials

- don't differentiate between COVID-19 patients and others

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