Too Dismissive of disability advocates?
I really enjoyed the conversation in this podcast and how it made tough ethical questions interesting and accessible. I did feel that perhaps the speakers were a bit too dismissive of the concerns raised by disability rights advocates in times of triage. They said a few times, no one is considering mental disabilities or only conditions impacting prognosis are considered but that’s not the reality on the ground and that should be acknowledged! Alabama adopted a triage plan that did systematically exclude people with intellectual disabilities from ventilator use. NYS’s protocol stated that a patient’s home ventilator could be taken if they arrived at the hospital for non-COVID treatment. Some states restricted access from anyone who premorbidly requires assistance with ADL. When able bodied people are making these decisions they often write policy for QALYs instead of just years of life. The presumption that life as a disabled person is inherently of less value is already steeped throughout our literature. The life years saved of a paralyzed woman are seen as less valuable than those of a woman without paralysis. These kinds of discrimination are prolific and shouldn’t be minimized when discussing the situation at hand or the history of triage scenarios.
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