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Scenario: Once moral principles have been established and made clear, particular cases may be presented to see whether and how the principles fit. In medicine, case studies often push a principle/ principles to the limit, but they force our ethical thinking to face the “messiness” of living. Consider the following case:
You are caring for two adults with COVID-19. One who is a previously healthy 70 year old. One is 55 with multiple medical comorbidities. Both are now requiring mechanical ventilation, but there is only one ventilator left in the hospital and all attempts to transfer the patients to another hospital for care have failed. Which patient would you give the life saving treatment to and why?
Question: Support your position using rationale from this week’s readings regarding moral decision making. This is not opinion based solely on emotional criteria. Remember that instinct and feelings may be part of the decision making process but not sufficient criteria for making a decision. This week’s TSD Initial Post is between five and ten sentences.