COVID-19 and Palliative Sedation

COVID-19 and Palliative Sedation

A recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggested offering patients who are suffering from incurable COVID-19 symptoms the option of palliative sedation at the end of life (1).   What does palliative sedation involve? Is it ethically...
Ableism in a Pandemic

Ableism in a Pandemic

We’ve heard much about how Canada’s vulnerable sector is suffering under COVID-19 restrictions. The pain of residents of long-term care centres (LTC’s) leaps to mind. But what about people with disabilities?  “When the Prime Minister or premiers or others were...
Triage Protocol: Ontario COVID-19

Triage Protocol: Ontario COVID-19

Ontario Health is considering implementing a triage protocol during the COVID-19 pandemic to guide decisions on whom gets ICU treatment when the healthcare system is overwhelmed. This document is important to review since the triage protocol will reflect what kind of...
Ageism and Agonizing Decisions

Ageism and Agonizing Decisions

“Boomer Remover”, the trending phrase that serves as a brutal reminder that the coronavirus death rate is higher among seniors, has opened up another dark reality. “According to the calculations of economists, human life does, indeed, have a price,” especially during...