Towards an ethical theory in disaster situations

Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 18 (1):3-11 (2015)
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Abstract

Health Care professionals working in disaster situations have to face urgent choices which diverge from their normal deontological ethos and are more utilitarian. Such is the triage system used to choose whom to treat. Instead of entering a crisis these professionals should be thought that ethics is not harmonizable to all situations and that there are situations in which saving as many lives as possible mean sacrificing others. This calls for defining a perimeter zone in which such choices occur, and a time frame (a space–time niche) in which it ought to be considered ethical and legitimate to use such value laden choices.

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