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Friday, October 13, 2006

Flip of coin may decide if you'll get treatment for flu

CD Flip of coin may decide if you'll get treatment for flu

"A flip of the coin may decide who gets medicine, ventilators or hospital beds if a flu pandemic ever takes grip here.

In an article in the New Zealand Medical Journal today, Michael Ardagh, professor of emergency medicine at the Christchurch School of Medicine, proposes a string of criteria to prioritise scarce resources in a time of disaster - and that's where a flip of the coin comes in.

Professor Ardagh says when potential patients cannot be separated on a "first come, first served" basis then access may have to be determined by "a process of equal and unbiased chance, such as tossing a coin or use of a ballot".

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