On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, pointing to the over 118,000 cases of the coronavirus illness in over 110 countries and territories around the world and the sustained risk of further global spread. To discuss some of the ethical issues regarding COVID-19 we are joined by Dr. Ken Iserson and Becket Gremmels. This episode was recorded on Friday March 20, 2020.
Our guests in this episode include:
- Dr. Ken Iserson, Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine at The University of Arizona, Medical Director (Emeritus) of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (search & rescue), a Supervisory Physician with Arizona’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AZ-1), and a member of the American Red Cross disaster response team.
- Becket Gremmels, System Director of Ethics for CHRISTUS Health based in Irving, Texas. CHRISTUS Health can be found in 60 US cities and is comprised of 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as 175 clinics and outpatient centers.
Additional resources relating to or referenced in this episode:
- Improvised Medicine: Providing Care in Extreme Environments, Ken Iserson
- Joint Statement on Multiple Patients Per Ventilator
- Must I Respond If My Health Is at Risk, Ken Iserson
- Triage in Medicine, Part II-Underlying Values and Principles, John Moskop and Ken Iserson