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The Ethics of Trauma Care: What Interventional Radiologists Should KnowFunding None.
The last issue of Seminars in Interventional Radiology highlighted multiple ways interventional radiologists (IRs) can play a vital role in trauma care. However, this care can also raise multiple ethical challenges that differ from other areas of practice. One main difference is the urgency at which decision-making occurs, prohibiting extensive deliberation and discussion. In this article, we use a case to discuss three salient ethical issues that may arise when answering an IR trauma consult: allocation of limited resources, emergent consent, and requests for potentially inappropriate interventions. We conclude with a stepwise framework for navigating an ethically challenging trauma case.
03 June 2021 (online)
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