Moral Distress: COVID-19 Shortages Prompt Tough Decisions at Bedside

November 9, 2020

(Medscape) – Choosing which hospitalized COVID-19 patients receive potentially lifesaving care, making urgent calls for ventilators and other equipment, and triaging care based on patient age and comorbidities were among the challenges revealed in new feedback from healthcare leaders and frontline workers. Even though many hospitals have contingency plans for how to allocate resources and triage patient care during crisis capacity, for many providers during the real-world COVID-19 trial of these protocols, they fell short.