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The Importance of Ethical Resource Allocation in the ICU

Summary: An analysis and discussion about the current state of resource allocation in the ICU setting.

Hayley B Gershengorn, MD FCCM ATSF
Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Video Editor:
Editor: Kyle Swartz, DO

Key points

  • Resource allocation is a necessity of ICU care delivery
  • Studies suggest that ICU outcomes are affected by resource allocation.
  • Existing policies for resource allocation vary substantially and may unethically allocate resources. Further study is needed.


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