Resource allocation for many years has caused a heated discussion. The allocation of the resources should happen in a way that shows ethical consideration. At the same time, allocating resources should offer social worth. Physicians and medical practitioners have a big role in making the decisions of using the resources in a way that ensures efficiency and effectiveness (Crippen, 2013). Limitations of resources occur and care to available patients in care of must happen. Allocation of resources when the demand is too high in comparison to the supply will depend on the nature of the resources. The committee will allocate limited resources considering the competition between individuals based on which action will produce the greatest amount of good for the larger population.
The criteria should offer flexibility, objectivity and consistency to ensure equal treatment of the patients. The age of the patients will play a big role in determining the attention. This is because of the social worth. Social worth refers to the contributions the patient would contribute to the society if their lives were saved through the urgent surgery. Young people have more energy and time to contribute to nation building in comparison to old people (Depts.washington.edu, 2014). Old people have lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obesity and diabetes and contribute little to the society.
Other appropriate criteria is doing surgery to patients that the physicians know they can comfortably handle. This allows the physicians to perform surgery to those patients that will take a short time before the hurricane that will lead to flooding strikes. The four patients can receive the surgery and if time allows they can do surgery to the remaining four patients. This is because climate changes can happen and may allow the transfer of patients to the nearest medical facility.
Crippen, D. (2013). ICU resource allocation in the new millennium: Will we say "no". New York: Springer.
Depts.washington.edu. (2014). Resource Allocation: Ethical Topic in Medicine. [Online] Retrieved from: https://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/resall.html [Accessed: 21 Mar 2014].Bottom of Form