Physicians, Triage, and Nuclear War
Lancet. 1988 Jul 30; 2(8605): 269-270.
Difficult ethical choices imposed by triage, the process of sorting casualties according to severity of illness (need) and priority for treatment (allocation), are discussed in the context of recent disasters such as an Amtrak collision and the Mexico city earthquake. The question of medical response to nuclear war raises issues of professional duty to assist in making plans for morally repugnant events such as mass destruction; the feasibility of triage, as a conscious professional act, during a time of extreme stress and carnage; and fundamental differences among physicians in their beliefs about themselves, their roles, and their moral obligation to the world. (KIE abstract)
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Pledger, H.G. (1986-09-20)Because a nuclear attack on Great Britain would overwhelm the surviving health services, the author recommends that civil defense plans should include a triage system to determine treatment of casualties. An organized ...