Doctors' ethical dilemma: Save the young or seniors?
BENGALURU: With an increasing demand for ICU beds and ventilators, clinicians are facing an ethical dilemma over allotment of beds: Young breadwinners or senior citizens? The focus is certainly more on saving the youngsters, multiple hospital authorities told TOI on the condition of anonymity.
"Age has to become a criterion for ICU admission, apart from the patient's condition. Not that we are denying treatment for the elderly patients out, but we do feel sorry for the families of young patients suffering from severe forms of the disease," said an intensivist.
The head of a hospital in west Bengaluru told TOI that he had never faced such an ethical dilemma in his 35-year career. "Who should get priority, given the limited resources? From a medical practitioner's perspective, we can't differentiate between the young and the old. Now, it is different. Between an ailing senior citizen whose prognosis suggests s/he may not make a recovery and a young man who has chances of survival, I would go for the latter. We do expn the situation to the families," the doctor said.
Disease severity a criterion, not age: Doc
“We have had a 44-year-old man on ECMO for the past three weeks and he is making subtle but gradual improvement. There was only one ECMO machine. A week ago, we had a 22-year-old woman who recently required ECMO. She died in front of us. Being helpless is adding to our stress. Each life we are losing was the one that should have been saved,” said an intensivist from a corporate hospital in Bengaluru.
Besides age, the patient’s class matters as they get multiple calls if s/he is from an influential background.
An old renowned po itician or a movie star and a young single bread earner, who will get the priority???
In Italy,most of the Doctors over there gave priority to young people below 40 years to save them as their chances of survival was more while 80 years above old people were not even given ventilators,oxygen,etc as most of them had low chance of survival.In almost all European countries and even in America,it is being followed.
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Save this country from idiotic brainless north Indians ....because of their stupidness we are in this current crisis ....godi building 20000 crore new parliament house .....
Most doctors prefer patients who pay with cash.
In such times, young breadwinners should be prioritized over elderly. Even elderly will agree
Why Dilemma ? Do exactly what Pheku does — Dont save either of them. But Blame it on someone else ..
I am senor citizens if such dilemma arrives in my case willingly give my consent to save younger one even if he is younger by days.
that is why there is a simple rule, first come first served. don't have to complicate your and other's lives by oversmartness.
they will save none..instead steal oxygen n do black market
It is waste to visit Hospitals.
so this is govt generated disease to wipe our senior citizens living on pensions and savings which could be used to fund govt projects.
what a mess?!
laugh it out brother
It is suffering and as doctors, we have to offer every possible help to revive them. We have no choice but to save every soul.
Why cant they ramp up temporary hospitals on war footings?
set some rules and follow them strictly. after all doctors are humans, not god's.decisions taken by humans have a tendency to go wrong half the time whichever way they decide.
This choice is not given to the doctor. For a doctor a patient is a patient and it his duty to do all possible to save the patient’s life.
Treat all equally
Save the young, they are the future of India. Mind you, I am 64 years old, saying this.