The philosopher Emmanuel Hirsch heads the Île-de-France Ethics Center. He also teaches medical ethics at Paris-Saclay University.
LE FIGARO. - From an ethical point of view, this crisis has raised very concrete questions, such as that of “sorting” between patients in intensive care at the peak of the epidemic. What did you observe in the field?
Emmanuel HIRSCH. - From the start of the epidemic, learned societies mobilized to issue recommendations on criteria for decision support. However, on the ground, these have sometimes proved to be useless or inadequate in the face of situations assessed "on a case-by-case basis". This question of “sorting” also arose in the Samu teams responsible for regulating patients and in the nursing homes. Some have given up on sending elderly people to hospitals where they could not have been treated with dignity. Usually resuscitation services can afford "waiting" resuscitation
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