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"Crip Camp” is now available on Netflix. Reviewers describe it as "one of the most important and most honest films about disability."

The Netflix description states: "A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality."



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In 1981, the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research released its seminal report, Defining Death. Two years later, in 1983, the Commission released a separate report summing up all its...

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The New Jersey Superior Court has rejected a constitutional attack on the 2019 Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. (Star Ledger) Just as constitutional attacks on the California End of Life Options Act have failed, so have attacks on the ...

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Join this webinar at 2 PM ET on April 9, 2020: "What Ethical Framework Can Justify the Allocation of Ventilators During the COVID-19 Pandemic?" The speaker is my former Georgetown classmate Henry Silverman, MD, MA at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

During the past few weeks, New York City has become an epicenter of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, hospitals are increasingly running short of Personal Protective Devices (PPEs) and there is a concern that there will not be enough ventilators. In the NY Times on 4/2, there was this headline: “New York could deplete its ventilator stockpile in 6 days.”

As such, doctors will need to “choose” who shall receive or not receive a ventilator. This webinar will present an interactive approach to discuss the various ethical frameworks that can justify the allocation of scarce life-saving resources, including a discussion of the 2015 NY Taskforce’s “Ventilators Allocation Guidelines.”



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Join this webinar at 2:00 PM ET on Friday, April 3, 2020. Continuing the conversation (listen to Part 1 here), this session will demonstrate using virtual discussions during the current Coronavirus crisis. 

This webinar will include information on creating video messages with residents, securely storing them and accessing them and other advance care planning documents via MyDirectives.com and the ADVault Exchange global repository, both part of Texas-based ADVault, Inc.  

With consumer users in over 50 countries, MyDirectives is the world’s first all-digital advance care planning platform with enterprise partners that include Humana and UnitedHealthcare/AARP, EHR integrations via Cerner and Epic, content partnerships with AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, the Center for Practical Bioethics, and health information exchange relationships that allow over 75% of the hospitals in the USA to access the data in accordance with health technology security, content and data transport standards.  

People can create a plan at MyDirectives or upload any paper-based advance directive such as Caring Conversations®, Five Wishes® and Veterans Administration forms, digital advance care plans like the one created at MIDEO® or MyDirectives.com, as well as other audio or video files.  

Portable medical orders (for example, POLST and MOLST and their international equivalents) can be uploaded, as well, to help providers and caregivers have confidence there is alignment between the person’s goals of care (the advance care plan) and the medical order’s instructions.



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This scene in a recent TV drama depicts the challenging situation when what the patient says ("give me life-sustaining treatment") now contradicts the instructions in her advance directive ("do NOT give me life-sustaining treatment"). In past and fort...

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The Queensland Parliament Health Committee has just released a 200-page report supporting voluntary assisted dying.   The report's findings and recommendations are based on more than 40 hearings, more than 4500 submissions, and more than 500...

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The Queensland Parliament Health Committee has just released a 200-page report supporting voluntary assisted dying.   The report's findings and recommendations are based on more than 40 hearings, more than 4500 submissions, and more than 500...

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The Journal of Clinical Ethics has made a special publication open access - "Clinical Ethics in Catastrophic Situations: Mapping a Standard of Care."

Bedside Ethics and Health System Catastrophe: Imagine If You Will . . .
Jeffrey T. Berger, Guest Editor

A Possible Application of Care-Based Ethics to People with Disabilities during a Pandemic
Edmund G. Howe

Family Participation in the Care of Patients in Public Health Disasters

Tia Powell


Sufficiency of Care in Disasters: Ventilation, Ventilator Triage, and the Misconception of Guideline-Driven Treatment
Griffin Trotter

Pandemic Preparedness Planning: Will Provisions for Involuntary Termination of Life Support Invite Active Euthanasia?
Jeffrey T. Berger

Should Palliative Care Be a Necessity or a Luxury during an Overwhelming Health Catastrophe?
Philip M. Rosoff

Taking Seriously the “What Then?” Question: An Ethical Framework for the Responsible Management of Medical Disasters
Laurence B. McCullough

Legal Briefings: Crisis Standards of Care and Legal Protection during Disasters and Emergencies
Thaddeus Mason Pope and Mitchell F. Palazzo

Imagining the Unthinkable, Illuminating the Present
Jeffrey T. Berger, Guest Editor

How Can Careproviders Most Help Patients during a Disaster?
Edmund G. Howe

An Ethical Framework for the Responsible Management of Pregnant Patients in a Medical Disaster
Frank A. Chervenak and Laurence B. McCullough

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions to Limit Transmission of a Pandemic Virus: The Need for Complementary Programs to Address Children’s Diverse Needs
Armand H. Matheny Antommaria and Emily A. Thorell

Attending to Social Vulnerability When Rationing Pandemic Resources
Dorothy E. Vawter, J. Eline Garrett, Karen G. Gervais, Angela Witt Prehn, and Debra A. DeBruin


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The Journal of Clinical Ethics has made a special publication open access - "Clinical Ethics in Catastrophic Situations: Mapping a Standard of Care."

Bedside Ethics and Health System Catastrophe: Imagine If You Will . . .
Jeffrey T. Berger, Guest Editor

A Possible Application of Care-Based Ethics to People with Disabilities during a Pandemic
Edmund G. Howe

Family Participation in the Care of Patients in Public Health Disasters

Tia Powell


Sufficiency of Care in Disasters: Ventilation, Ventilator Triage, and the Misconception of Guideline-Driven Treatment
Griffin Trotter

Pandemic Preparedness Planning: Will Provisions for Involuntary Termination of Life Support Invite Active Euthanasia?
Jeffrey T. Berger

Should Palliative Care Be a Necessity or a Luxury during an Overwhelming Health Catastrophe?
Philip M. Rosoff

Taking Seriously the “What Then?” Question: An Ethical Framework for the Responsible Management of Medical Disasters
Laurence B. McCullough

Legal Briefings: Crisis Standards of Care and Legal Protection during Disasters and Emergencies
Thaddeus Mason Pope and Mitchell F. Palazzo

Imagining the Unthinkable, Illuminating the Present
Jeffrey T. Berger, Guest Editor

How Can Careproviders Most Help Patients during a Disaster?
Edmund G. Howe

An Ethical Framework for the Responsible Management of Pregnant Patients in a Medical Disaster
Frank A. Chervenak and Laurence B. McCullough

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions to Limit Transmission of a Pandemic Virus: The Need for Complementary Programs to Address Children’s Diverse Needs
Armand H. Matheny Antommaria and Emily A. Thorell

Attending to Social Vulnerability When Rationing Pandemic Resources
Dorothy E. Vawter, J. Eline Garrett, Karen G. Gervais, Angela Witt Prehn, and Debra A. DeBruin


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