Navigation Links
Disaster medicine ethical guidelines needed for US health-care professionals
Date:7/31/2008

Alexandria, VA A new invited article in the August 2008 edition of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery calls on the U.S. medical community to develop a national consensus on ethical guidelines for physicians who care for patients, victims, and casualties of disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or terrorist attacks.

The article, authored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery's Ethics Committee Chair, G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MABE, MPH, calls for the establishment of a virtue-based, yet practical and ethical approach to medical care under extreme conditions. It also calls for the establishment of medical school curricula that will train our nation's future physicians for disaster response.

Dr. Holt discusses the problems associated with disaster medicine, citing the unique needs and environments created by not only the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, but also the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the devastation the storm caused in New Orleans and the Southeast United States. According to Dr. Holt, the situation requires discussion ahead of time so healthcare workers are aware of the challenges they may face, as well as their responsibilities during a disaster event.

This call-to-action is especially timely as the U.S. faces another brutal hurricane season. Hurricane Dolly alone has affected hundreds in eastern New Mexico, with residents facing serious health threats from rising flood waters, contaminated water supplies, and power outages.

Dr. Holt also argues that educating physicians on these issues as part of standard medical school training will give them exposure to disaster-unique practices such as casualty triage and prioritization, as well as altered standards of care, and the moral and ethical responsibilities of physicians to care for disaster victims.


'/>"/>

Contact: Matt Daigle
newsroom@entnet.org
703-535-3754
American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. AmeriCares Meets Long-Term Health Needs of Disaster Victims in China and Myanmar
2. CVS/pharmacy Delivers Disaster Relief in Iowa Communities Impacted by Recent Flooding
3. AVMA Collections Highlights Disaster Preparedness
4. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Donates $25,000 to American Red Cross for Flood Disaster Recovery
5. AUDIO from Medialink, Eli Lilly and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: Dont let Natural Disasters Leave you Without Needed Medications
6. American Red Cross Issues Appeal for Disaster Relief Fund
7. Worldwide Pharmaceutical Industry, Aid Organizations Warn of Second Disaster in Myanmar
8. Chindex and United Family Healthcare Respond to Sichuan Earthquake Disaster
9. China Sky One Medical, Inc. Donates RMB 1.1 Million in Medicine for Earthquake Disaster Relief Efforts
10. National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Plans New Training Facility in Santa Paula, California
11. RediStat Corporation Partners With ALERT FM for Disaster-Proof Emergency Communications
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in ... existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to ... home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... -- NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its highly ... designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire ... support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the lowering ... ... ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: