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SU Professor: Existing Rules Don't Apply With Ebola

The Ebola outbreak is a global concern, and Americans fighting the disease are now being treated with what might be called "experimental" drugs.

SU medical ethics professor Samuel Gorovitz says the existing rules simply don't apply in a situation like Ebola.  He compares it to Hurricane Katrina, where typical protocols used in hospitals just didn't apply any more in hospitals that had been devastated by the hurricane.

Gorovitz says those involved in the decision-making process can't be concerned with "crossing a line" with unproven drugs, because he says when you're faced with a situation where all the solutions are bad, the goal is to find the least bad solution.  But he also cautions that decision makers can't let their egos get in the way of saving lives.  He says they have to be humble enough to make "mid-course corrections" if necessary and admit that their initial assumptions were incorrect.

 

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