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Schrik als leidraad

Frank Roels (UGent)
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Hospital specialists who took care of the COVID-19 patients, confess in the newspaper their fear for a possible shortage of beds that led them to exclude patients from curing therapy. The nursing staff also suffered from these painful choices. I argue that fear for a non-existing shortage is not acceptable as a decision basis. Saving the life of every patient is obligatory in medical deontology as well as under criminial law (except if the victim made a different will). In addition, each patient was selected on statistical basis, i.e. his/her risk factors. This equalizes the prognosis of an individual to the statistical mean of a population; this is scientifically incorrect, and morally and legally unacceptable.
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covid-19, university hospitals, shortage, risk factors, selection

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Roels, Frank. “Schrik Als Leidraad.” Humanistischverbond.Be/Blog, no. 03/06/2020, Humanistisch Verbond, 2020.
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Roels, F. (2020). Schrik als leidraad. Humanistischverbond.be/blog. Antwerpen: Humanistisch Verbond.
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Roels, Frank. 2020. “Schrik Als Leidraad.” Humanistischverbond.Be/Blog. Antwerpen: Humanistisch Verbond.
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Roels, Frank. 2020. “Schrik Als Leidraad.” Humanistischverbond.Be/Blog. Antwerpen: Humanistisch Verbond.
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Roels F. Schrik als leidraad. Humanistischverbond.be/blog. Antwerpen: Humanistisch Verbond; 2020.
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F. Roels, “Schrik als leidraad,” Humanistischverbond.be/blog, no. 03/06/2020. Humanistisch Verbond, Antwerpen, 2020.
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  abstract     = {{Hospital specialists who took care of the COVID-19 patients, confess in the newspaper their fear for a possible shortage of beds that led them to exclude patients from curing therapy. The nursing staff also suffered from these painful choices. I argue that fear for a non-existing shortage is not acceptable as a decision basis. Saving the life of every patient is obligatory in medical deontology as well as under criminial law (except if the victim made a different will).
In addition, each patient was selected on statistical basis, i.e. his/her risk factors. This equalizes the prognosis of an individual to the statistical mean of a population; this is scientifically incorrect, and morally and legally unacceptable.}},
  author       = {{Roels, Frank}},
  keywords     = {{covid-19,university hospitals,shortage,risk factors,selection}},
  language     = {{dut}},
  number       = {{03/06/2020}},
  pages        = {{3}},
  publisher    = {{Humanistisch Verbond}},
  series       = {{Humanistischverbond.be/blog}},
  title        = {{Schrik als leidraad}},
  url          = {{https://humanistischverbond.be/blog/305/schrik-als-leidraad/}},
  year         = {{2020}},
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