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Ethical considerations and patient safety concerns for cancelling non-urgent surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic: a review.

Brown NJ, Wilson B, Szabadi S, et al. Ethical considerations and patient safety concerns for cancelling non-urgent surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic: a review. Patient Saf Surg. 2021;15(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s13037-021-00293-7.

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May 12, 2021
Brown NJ, Wilson B, Szabadi S, et al. Patient Saf Surg. 2021;15(1):19.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many elective surgical procedures were canceled or postponed due to limited resources (e.g., personal protective equipment, diagnostic tests, redeployment of healthcare personnel). This commentary discusses the implications of rationed non-urgent surgical care within the context of medical ethics: beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and autonomy. The authors developed an algorithm to guide surgical teams through the decision-making process of delaying non-urgent surgical procedures, if necessary, in the future. 

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Brown NJ, Wilson B, Szabadi S, et al. Ethical considerations and patient safety concerns for cancelling non-urgent surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic: a review. Patient Saf Surg. 2021;15(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s13037-021-00293-7.

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