Ethics of triage
Details: Step 1: Read the following case study
You are a nurse in a Third World country in a small village of 150 people (adults and children – roughly equal in numbers). There is an outbreak of a deadly infection which is easily treated with a specific antibiotic. Untreated, the mortality rate is close to 100%. However, you only have enough to treat 25 adults or 50 children. Additional dosages are on their way but are not expected to arrive before the disease will run its course.
What do you do? How do you treat the community knowing that you may have to watch some die while you reserve treatment for specific individuals?
Note that anyone over 11 is considered an adult and you are in as much danger from the infection as everyone else.
Step 2: In a 2-3 page 500+ word paper discuss the following:
Analyze the ethics of having the power of life and death over your patients.
Compare and contrast the potential risks and benefits for the local community of various options available for treatment
Choose who will get treated and who will not. Provide a rationale for your choice. You MUST choose an action. If you waffle or refuse to state who gets treated and why you will receive a 0 for this assignment. The same is true if you write about this issue as if it is a matter of vaccination rather than treatment!
Cite all sources in APA format.
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