A Framework for Rationing Ventilators and Critical Care Beds During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JAMA
March 24/31, 2020, Vol 323, No. 12, Pages 1111-1216
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Viewpoint
March 27, 2020
A Framework for Rationing Ventilators and Critical Care Beds During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Douglas B. White, MD, MAS; Bernard Lo, MD
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JAMA. 2020; doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.5046
This Viewpoint describes a framework for rationing ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic should intensive care units find themselves with more patients than they can care for, using a score-based system that incorporates patients’ likelihood of surviving to hospital discharge and beyond and their role in the public health response to the outbreak.