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Say No to This: Unilateral Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders for Patients with COVID-19

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 January 2022

Abstract

In this article, we comment on Ciaffa’s article ‘The Ethics of Unilateral Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders for COVID-19 Patients.’ We summarize his argument criticizing futility and utilitarianism as the key ethical justifications for unilateral do-not-resuscitate orders for patients with COVID-19.

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