COVID-19 Triage Decisions Should ‘Ignore Life-Years Saved,’ Writes Bioethicist in Medical Care

How do we decide which patients with COVID-19 should get priority for lifesaving ventilators and ICU beds? Writing in the July issue of Medical Care, a prominent bioethicist argues that COVID-19 triage strategies should focus on saving lives, rather than prioritizing life-years saved. Medical Care is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

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FAU Emergency Medicine Resident Physicians Train for Coronavirus Contagion

With seven reported cases in Florida to-date, FAU emergency medicine resident physicians prepared for the threat of a coronavirus contagion using a simulated or “mock” disaster scenario at FORTS Medical. The simulation involved a cruise ship dock-setting scenario and mock passengers were transported by bus. The passengers stormed into the large warehouse to challenge the resident physicians to react and respond quickly to triage the patients. About 100 people participated in the half-day simulation including local nurses, paramedics, and student and community actors.

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Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive

Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. FB leads to tumors on the turtles’ eyes, flippers and internal organs and is widespread in warmer climates like Florida. A large-scale study evaluated tumor score, removal and regrowth in rehabilitating green sea turtles with FP in the southeastern U.S. from 2009 to 2017, and found that 75 percent did not survive following admission into a rehabilitation facility, irrespective of whether or not tumor regrowth occurred after surgery.

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