Ethical issues relevant to a pandemic crisis: A local planning strategy to manage the intensive care unit admissions to hospitals

Olivier Descamps, Pierre Henin, Pierre Hanotier, Francois-Xavier Lens, Jean-Paul Meurant, Michèle Pieterbourg, Sébastien Loix, Vanessa Wauters, Isabelle Reusen . Published in the journal : May 2020 Category : Ethics

Summary :

The region of Mons-Borinage and Center in the Province of Hainaut was one of the most affected by the COVID-19 epidemic in both the Walloon region and Belgium. While facing the constant flow of patients and threat of intensive care unit saturation in this part of the Hainaut Province, the various medical teams that were particularly involved in the care of these patients (intensive care, emergency care, department of general internal medicine and geriatrics) had to implement admission management strategies in collaboration with general practitioners, medical directors, and the ethics committees.

Key Words

Epidemic, COVID-19, ethics, intensive care