Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Kill 'em All.

A group of doctors has drawn up a list of who should be "allowed to die" during a pandemic. The list includes:
  • People older than 85.
  • Those with severe trauma, which could include critical injuries from car crashes and shootings.
  • Severely burned patients older than 60.
  • Those with severe mental impairment, which could include advanced Alzheimer's disease.
  • Those with a severe chronic disease, such as advanced heart failure, lung disease or poorly controlled diabetes.
If they don't deserve to be treated then, do they deserve to be treated now? Why do doctors make this decision about another person's life? Well, at least some raise a concern, but not a loud enough one. One of the quotes - "there are some real ethical concerns here." You think so?

Well, the doctors at least wrestled with the issue, which is all that matters to a lot of people in today's society. One of them said that it, "was emotionally difficult for everyone." The rational is that as long as you struggle through the process there isn't a wrong decision to make. This is the same rational others use for abortion, euthanasia, etc.

There is objective truth. There is right and there is wrong. This is wrong, not just an "ethical issue" or an "emotional struggle". Now, we need some doctors and medical ethicists to raise the issue strongly. Any takers?

3 comments:

BJ Buracker said...

It is just frightening that such a discussion would even be on the table as an option. Perhaps we should ask parents to do this as regards their kids.

What is it about life that our culture seems to hate? I don't get it.

In Christ,

BJ
Stupid Scholar
Daily Bible Reflections

Undecided said...

Yeah, as long as Hitler struggled with the idea of the holocaust it's fine.

For whatever reason a lot of people are fine with doctor deciding whether or not someone should live. They forget that doctors are people and not gods.

Heres a quote from the modern Hippocratic oath.

"But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/doctors/oath_modern.html

So much for do no harm.

Jamie said...

But Marcel! What about triage in hospitals--what about when the hospitals literally cannot admit and treat everyone because there are too many people, and not enough time or staff? How are doctors supposed to decided who gets treated and who doesn't? Most of the time, in triage situations, doctors pick people who have the highest chance of surviving.

I'm not saying that doctors should use a pandemic as an EXCUSE to let these people die--it's horrible that they're putting it this way, even. But in a situation like that, on local levels, such dilemmas are bound to crop up.