Against Personal Ventilator Reallocation

Forthcoming, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 30(2) 2021

17 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2020

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Joel Michael Reynolds

Georgetown University - Department of Philosophy; Georgetown University - Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Laura Guidry-Grimes

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - College of Medicine

Katie Savin

University of California, Berkeley - University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: July 20, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to intense conversations about ventilator allocation and reallocation during a crisis standard of care. Multiple voices in the media and multiple state guidelines mention reallocation as a possibility. Drawing upon a range of neuroscientific, phenomenological, ethical, and socio-political considerations, we argue that taking away someone’s personal ventilator is a direct assault on their bodily and social integrity. We conclude that personal ventilators should not be part of reallocation pools and that triage protocols should be immediately clarified and explicitly state that personal ventilators will be protected in all cases.

Note: Funding: None to declare

Declaration of Interest: None to declare

Keywords: COVID-19, disability, pandemic, medical rationing, crisis standard of care, emergency medicine

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Joel Michael and Guidry-Grimes, Laura and Savin, Katie, Against Personal Ventilator Reallocation (July 20, 2020). Forthcoming, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 30(2) 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3656760

Joel Michael Reynolds (Contact Author)

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Laura Guidry-Grimes

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - College of Medicine ( email )

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Little Rock, AR 72205
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Katie Savin

University of California, Berkeley - University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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