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Our alumna Reshania Naidoo (cohort 2019-2020) led an article in BMC Medical Ethics journal on the need for triage committees during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

Proposed model for provincial critical care triage committees in South Africa

While there has been much work done on the triage of critical care resources in the developed world, resource-constrained settings such as South Africa have been largely overlooked.

They proposed a triage committee model that adopts best clinical practice, lends support to frontline healthcare workers and promotes collaboration at all levels of the health system.

Given the unique challenges of the under resourced healthcare system in South Africa, virtual triage support committees allow for multi-disciplinary collaboration, resource and knowledge-sharing at a vital time and alleviate the moral and legal burden on individuals based at ICU facilities.

The formation of such committees allow for expert ethics and clinical advice and the adaptation of multivalue ethical frameworks to the evolving pandemic context.

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