Navigation Links
Disaster medicine ethical guidelines needed for US health-care professionals

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
American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

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:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... lower prices in an early celebration of the early holiday shopping season. Starting ... $29.95 each (normally $33.95 ea). Black Friday promotional pricing is in addition to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... PA (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... now certified to offer their patients the many benefits of the revolutionary BIOLASE ... the sharp cutting and scraping tools traditionally used by a dentist in ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... New patients who wish to seek treatment ... dental implants at her Mississauga, ON practice. Dr. Williams has been providing dental ... dental implants. , Missing teeth can lead to a variety of complications if ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Charitable giving is ... donations are made in the last five weeks of the year totalling over $358 ... in 2012 to connect the nation’s charities with those individuals who want to “give ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... In an ... restrictions and variables that determine which patients are or are not eligible for bariatric ... have a BMI over 40, are more than 100 pounds overweight, or have a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... Avery Biomedical Devices (ABD), manufacturer of the ... appointment of Anders Jonzon , MD; Ph.D. as ... Dr. Jonzon is a Physiologist and consultant ... University, Uppsala and Children,s Hospital, Karolinska, Stockholm, ... at the Cardiovascular Institute (UCSF). His research has covered ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 . ... adds Latest Guidebook for Chinese Medical Device ... published in November 2015 to the medical devices ... library at . ... growing global economies with a fifth population in ...
(Date:11/24/2015)...  Ascendant Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ASDS ) ("Ascendant" ... has declared a special 1 percent stock dividend on the ... 14, 2015, to shareholders of record December 7, 2015.  The ... of common stock. --> ... endorsement of our confidence in Ascendant,s growth strategy as well ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: