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Ethics

April 1, 2020
Useful series from the Pacific North West, main questions: -Why 4 patients who had a do-not-resuscitate order on admission were included in the dead and, ultimately, why been admitted in an ITU/ICU setting? -How come no sputum samples from 9 fatalities were ever sent for bacterial culture in an ITU/ICU setting?
March 25, 2020
A frank, eye opening discussion with specific recommendations about allocating scarce resources in a time of pandemic.
March 25, 2020
A thoughtful commentary about the need for a triage committee to determine the optimal allocation of ventilators in a time of competing needs, and how these determinations are best communicated to caregivers and families.
March 24, 2020
Drs Daniel Drake and Robert Sade, along with other members of the Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum and several nonmember experts, produced a paper on the ethical considerations for cardiothoracic surgeons in pandemics.
March 20, 2020
Interesting input from a Stanford expert on the hottest topic on the planet at the moment.
March 18, 2020
The authors describe a thoughtful process for resource utilization in the setting of competing needs that optimizes survival for a popultion. Examples of existing guidelines are provided.
March 18, 2020
The authors examined the SEER database to assess racial disparities in use of PET for lung cancer staging 2007-2015 and subsequent one-year survival. Blacks  (OR 0.54) and Hispanics (OR 0.72) were less likely to undergo PET compared to non-Hispanic whites. Use of PET was associated with improved survival (HR 0.61).  
February 19, 2020
Six billion people worldwide lack access to safe, timely, and affordable cardiac surgical care when needed. This article provides an overview and call to action for all stakeholders to start with global cardiac surgery research in order to map the global disparities and hold countries accountable for the existing gaps in cardiac care.
February 4, 2020
Robert Sade moderates a debate on the appropriate course of care in the fictional case of a child who cannot be weaned from bypass following mitral valve surgery with Minoo Davarana and Jessica Turnbull.
November 30, 2019
High-Throughput, Contact-Free Detection of Atrial Fibrillation From Video With Deep Learning

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