Coronavirus Update: Ethics Considerations, Guidance and Resources.
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The pandemic is not over, but light is beginning to crest the horizon. Vaccination rates, especially among older adults and their caregivers, are rising. As we begin to relax physical distancing requirements on restaurants and professional sports, it’s time to urgently reconsider the severe restrictions imposed on nursing home residents.
An op-ed by Don Freeman of Taking Steps Brattleboro, a program of Brattleboro Area Hospice, reminding readers of the importance of completing an advance directive.
A robust virtual discussion on April 26 led by a panel of ethicists and health care professionals addressing prioritization of COVID-19 vaccine allocations and other complicated questions regarding equitable access to vaccination during a worldwide pandemic. Hosted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and The University of Vermont Medical Center. CMEs available.
April 11-17 is Vermont Advance Directive Week and April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day! Check out these virtual events happening in Vermont and join us in making your future healthcare decisions known!
Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon discussed disability rights and bioethics, including COVID-related issues, during an interview on “Included: The Disability Equity Podcast.” Listen and find additional related resources.
As Covid-19 continues to plague the United States, insufficient attention has been paid to the role that incarcerated persons play in the persistence of this pandemic and the work that should be done to limit their infection and suffering.
Taking Steps Brattleboro is offering weekly Advance Care Planning Information Meetings via Zoom every Wednesday at 10am and 6pm. Learn more and sign up.
As states continue to expand access to Covid-19 vaccination to prioritized groups, members of the public are observing system problems firsthand. Vaccine navigators have emerged as a response to complexity.
As students, professors, and practitioners of medicine, we know that teachable moments are often found outside the classroom walls. We have seen that Black and brown communities are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. But juxtaposing these disparities with vaccination rates is even more disturbing. Fewer vaccines are going to Black people.
There have been some calls for a more pragmatic approach eschewing micromanaging distribution and instead focusing on speed and access. While there are indeed practical considerations supporting a more logistically streamlined system, we believe there are, more importantly, ethical reasons to prefer an approach that vaccinates more people more rapidly.
More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?
This year has awakened us to the fact that we die. We’ve always known it to be true in a technical sense, but a pandemic demands that we internalize this understanding.
There has been widespread agreement that health care workers and residents (and staff) of long-term care facilities should be at the very front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine, and distribution to them is already underway. Now state and local officials will decide whether to adopt the recommendations of an expert panel on who goes next.
A successful ‘wrongful prolongation of life’ lawsuit in Montana, among other things, reflects the extent to which many Americans will go to gain — and enforce — their rights to control their final days.
An article offering insight on the new variant of the coronavirus circulating in England and key considerations that have been left out of the headlines.
View the results of our Ethics Survey for Vermont & New Hampshire conducted in the summer of 2019.