Triage in Medical Practices: An Unacceptable Model?
Bell, Nora K.
Social Science and Medicine, Part F: Medical Ethics. 1981 Dec; 15F(4): 151-156.
Two basic presuppositions of triage are challenged: the utilitarian notion that it is morally preferable to save the greater number, and the extension of the salvageability concept as a model for macroallocation of scarce medical resources. The 'more is better' principle lacks the status of a universal moral obligation and leads to an impersonal view of the valuing of life. In the allocation of scarce resources, triage is suspect since life-saving decisions involve medical, social, economic, and political criteria. Triage thus perpetuates existing injustices. (KIE abstract)
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