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Triage and the Patient with Renal Failure

V. Parsons and P. Lock
Journal of Medical Ethics
Vol. 6, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 173-176
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27715895
Page Count: 4
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Triage and the Patient with Renal Failure
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Abstract

The call for 'triage' as a specific policy for the selection of patients presenting with chronic renal failure, in the light of increasingly limited resources prompted us to question nephrologists on their bases for selection. We discovered no absolute criteria for rejection, but a consensus of opinion against those with additional and complicating factors to their renal disease such as age, hepatitis carriers and mental illness – a bias seen throughout the National Health Service. In this paper we discuss the validity of such criteria, the implications of the currently pragmatic and often covert practice of selection, and in this potentially finite area of demand we question the rationale for the limitation of resources.

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