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Last Updated  7/1/2020

COVID-19: Clinical Care And Management

This site is intended to provide select resources, tools and links for the clinical care and management of COVID-19 by patient population or clinical specialty. It is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation. Guidance continues to evolve as new, reliable data and evidence become available. This page will be updated regularly; all content is subject to change without notice.

Ethics, a system of moral principles, is concerned with what is good for individuals and society. Medical ethics encompasses a flexible set of solutions, based on values and reasoned thinking. Ethical principles provide a framework to consider right and wrong. Four commonly accepted principles of ethics are: duty, accountability, fairness and responsibility.

In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, be prepared for difficult discussions and decisions about such topics as rationing limited healthcare resources. Having an advance directive that addresses one’s preferences and what is acceptable, such as when one might refuse a ventilator or other life-sustaining interventions, can be helpful.

The following resources aim to promote ethical reflection and decision making during this pandemic.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families by focusing on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness.