COVID19 Webinars

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4 Part Webinar Series on COVID19

Ethics in a Pandemic

Carla Keirns, MD, PhD

Ethics in a Pandemic, presented by Carla Keirns, MD, PhD, is first in a series. Dr. Keirns’ one-hour presentation covers the history of pandemics, how the 1918 influenza pandemic is influencing our response today, the difference between medical and ethics and public health ethics, and much more.

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COVID19 Series

Duties to Care in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Should I Stay Home Today? (April 2)

  • Terry Rosell, DMin, PhD, Rosemary Flanigan Chair, Center for Practical Bioethics

  • When the coronavirus shows up at your healthcare setting, who else needs to, or ought to? This webinar addresses the "duty to care" for patients in our current pandemic crisis, with discussion of the limits to that duty.

Ethical Dimensions of Quarantine and Isolation: Clinical and Social Perspective (April 9)

  • Darrin D'Agostino, DO, MPH, MBA, Executive Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Vice President for Health Affairs

  • Erika Blacksher, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington

  • A two part presentation on the technical and ethical distinctions in terms such as quarantine, social distancing, and isolation. Darrin will share the clinical ethics considerations and Erika will share the social ethics concerns.

Crisis Standards of Care in a Pandemic (April 16)

  • John Carney, President & CEO, Center for Practical Bioethics
  • Panel:
    • Erin Lynch, MARC Emergency Services and Homeland Security Program Director

    • Michael Moncure, MD, Professor in Department of Surgery at University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine

  • A look at regional preparedness and response, the Health Care Coalition’s role, and how escalating to Crisis Standards of Care impacts clinical practice.

Institutional Resources and Guidance

Ethical Considerations: Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters

CHEST Consensus Statement

A deep dive into the ethical considerations to be taken while providing care during pandemic.

Allocation of Scarce Critical Care Resources During a Public Health Emergency

UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site

A kit of various sample policies and standards assembled by UW Medicine.

Duty To Plan: Health Care, Crisis Standards Of Care, And Novel Coronavirus Sars-Cov-2

Perspective article on hospital planning for COVID-19 triage.

What Us Hospitals Should Do Now To Prepare For A Covid-19 Pandemic

Guidance On Hospital Prep From The Johns Hopkins Center For Health Security

Kansas & Missouri State Guidance

Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities

Preparing for Community Transmission of COVID-19 in Kansas

Guidelines for the Use of Modified Health Care Protocols in Acute Care Hospitals During Public Health Emergencies

Other State Guidance

Minnesota department of health clinical guidance on triage: patient care strategies for scarce resource situations

  • Includes guidance for shortages of
    1) oxygen
    2) hemodynamic support
    3) ventilators
    4) ecmo among other resources.

Guidance on Ventilator Allocation

From New York state task force on life and the law, state department of health (2015): ventilator allocation guidelines

Other Ethics Resources

Health Ethics Considerations

Planning for and Responding to Pandemic Influenza in Missouri

In 2009, the Center for Practical Bioethics, in partnership with regional healthcare, research, and education institutions, wrote and published this guidance document for ethical planning for Pandemic Influenza. It contains timely insight for ethics committee members and others interested in preparing for and responding to pandemic illnesses.

CAPC Toolkit

A Comprehensive COVID-19 Toolkit

Center for Advancement of Palliative Care has assembled a Covid-19 comprehensive toolkit for those serving patients who are at particular risk. The kit includes crisis communication and treatment protocols , and tools to help teams address high levels of volume and stress.

Ethical Guidance for Disaster Response

Crisis Standards of Care: A Systematic Review

This review outlines the key ethics topics related to crisis standards of care (CSC) and provides a round-up of related literature.

Ethics Talk: COVID-19 Pandemic Response


A discussion of the ethical issues facing providers during a pandemic.

Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters


Supplemental audio interview for the CHEST publication.

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