1. Medical ethicists offer recommendations for delivering life-sustaining therapies to Ebola patients
Drs. Scott Halpern and Ezekiel Emanuel from the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offer five points of guidance on the use of life-sustaining therapies for patients with Ebola in developed countries in an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine. As hospital administrators in the developed world prepare to care for Ebola patients, they must consider several unfamiliar and challenging ethical and operational questions. The recommendations are intended to help institutions develop policies that balance risks, benefits, and duties to patients with Ebola and volunteer clinicians.
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2. Former Surgeon General discusses credibility and influence of 'The Nation's Doctor'
A commentary by America's 16th Surgeon General, David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., suggests that credibility is one of the most important qualities of an effective Surgeon General. Dr. Satcher discusses the history of the Office of the Surgeon General and the evolving role of "The Nation's Doctor." He contends that 50 years after the release of the first Surgeon General's Report directly to the American people to warn about the dangers of tobacco use, the Office of the Surgeon General has gained credibility and influence. Reports from the Surgeon General should educate, motivate, and mobilize the American people to act. And because those reports often influence policy, they should be based on scientific evidence and not the Surgeon General's own politics, religion, or personal opinion. Dr. Satcher's commentary is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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