Potential Legal Liability for Withdrawing or Withholding Ventilators During COVID-19Assessing the Risks and Identifying Needed Reforms

JAMA
March 24/31, 2020, Vol 323, No. 12, Pages 1111-1216
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April 1, 2020
Viewpoint
Potential Legal Liability for Withdrawing or Withholding Ventilators During COVID-19Assessing the Risks and Identifying Needed Reforms
I. Glenn Cohen, JD; Andrew M. Crespo, JD; Douglas B. White, MD, MAS
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JAMA. Published online April 1, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5442
This Viewpoint discusses the legal risks to health care workers and hospital systems from withdrawing or withholding ventilation from COVID-19 patients and cites a Maryland statute that offers legal immunity to clinicians making good faith decisions under emergency conditions as an example for other states to follow.