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Ethical Considerations for a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Mandate to vaccinate or nudge if there is no budge? COVID-19 vaccines remain a key weapon in the fight against the deadliest modern-day pandemic the world has seen. In this article, we summarize key facts and ethical considerations for healthcare organizations when considering a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for U.S. healthcare workers (HCW).

Donation After Circulatory Death With Normothermic Regional Perfusion: A Brief Ethical Analysis

This article was first published in the Spring 2021 issue of Critical Connections. A 24-year-old man was brought to a trauma center after sustaining a devastating head injury during a motor vehicle collision. Weeks later, he remains intubated and unresponsive. Although he does not meet criteria for brain death, imaging shows severe traumatic brain injury.

Texas In-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders: New Law, New Changes

In-hospital do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders in the State of Texas have faced much tighter regulation since April 2018. With Senate Bill 11, both the meaning of a DNR order and the circumstances in which it can be entered are now more tightly defined.

Ethics and Moral Distress Consultation Shape an Institutional Approach

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Critical Connections.

Implicit Versus Explicit Limitation of Scarce Critical Care Resources

This article was first published in the Summer 2021 issue of Critical Connections. This article provides a case example and ethical analysis of implicit versus explicit limitation of scarce critical care resources.

Managing Refusal to Accept a Brain Death Diagnosis: A Care Ethics Approach

This article was first published in the Winter 2021 issue of Critical Connections. A man in his early twenties was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) by his father for a second opinion after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head.

SCCM Pod-411 Clinician Moral Distress

Margaret M. Parker, MD, MCCM, and Christopher S. Parshuram, MBChB, PhD, discuss clinician moral distress in Canadian pediatric and neonatal intensive care units (Dryden-Palmer,K, et al. Pediatri Crit Care Med. 2020;21(4): 314-323).