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Acta Medica Colombiana

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AREVALO-LEAL, José Sinay et al. Ethical problems in the assignment of scarce resources and intensive care in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic healthcare Thoughts based on principles, criteria, rights and responsibilities. Acta Med Colomb [online]. 2020, vol.45, n.3, pp.47-54. ISSN 0120-2448.

The purpose of this document is to identify some ethical problems in healthcare processes within the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Colombia, and propose a collection of ethical principles and criteria which will allow healthcare institutions and workers to make ethically supported and legally feasible decisions. These decisions should especially focus on protecting the core of the fundamental rights of patients and workers, in an extraordinary context characterized by structural inequity and a discrepancy between the supply and demand of healthcare goods, resources and services. Ultimately, this will mitigate moral stress, maximize the benefits derived from the use of scarce resources, and modulate the associated ethical and legal risks.(Acta Med Colomb 2020; 45. DOI:

Keywords : coronavirus infections; pandemics; assignment of healthcare resources; critical care.

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