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For this assignment you are to write a 3-4 page paper (excluding the title and reference page) in proper APA style. Please do not exceed 4 pages for the paper. Grading will cease at the end of page 4. To earn full credit for this assignment you will need to address all the items in the grading rubric located in My Grades. Late papers will not be accepted. Check the course schedule for the due date for the paper.
You need to have a proper title page, use in-text citation for sources of information used in the paper, and a reference list page. It is expected that you will use pertinent information from at least 2 sources outside of the textbook and reference them properly. Please review the plagiarism powerpoint in the week one folder. Using information in your paper without a citation is plagiarism and may result in 0/150 regardless of intent.
Your paper must include a short discussion of case study. This is a fictional case which offers you some latitude in the case details. Your introduction can be very brief but it is needed to introduce the reader to the topic. Briefly develop some options for using ventilators as a scarce resource during the stress of a pandemic. Include in your paper an ethical theory that would support your plan.
Identify the ethical principles involved in this study and where they came into conflict. This is the opportunity to present the ethical argument in your discussion of the ethical principles. Be sure to include all the principles that apply in this issue to earn full points.
The ANA code of ethics has valuable guidance to navigate decision making. Identify at least 2 provisions of the ANA code and apply them to the case study.
You will need to present an opposing view to your position. As part of an ethical argument the opposing view will need to be supported by an ethical theory or principle. Part of the ethical argument should include a refutation of the opposing view.
Also, address the legal issue of malpractice as required by the grading rubric.
Have a concise conclusion to your paper that does not introduce new ideas or information but summarizes what was discussed in the paper.
Please proofread your work for grammar and spelling errors. A great way to improve the flow of a paper is to read it out loud. Often when we read our work silently we insert words where they are missing or do not hear the awkwardness of a particular sentence.
And most importantly, review the grading rubric before beginning and submitting the assignment.
Ventilator Case Study
The following case study is borrowed from a collection of case studies published in 2011.
Allocating Mechanical Ventilators During a Severe Influenza Pandemic
Marilee LeBon is an infectious disease nurse with a special interest in bioethics. She has
served for years on her hospital’s ethics committee and recently volunteered to represent
the hospital on a statewide committee meeting to develop guidelines for allocating
mechanical ventilators during a severe influenza pandemic. She understands that during a
severe pandemic of influenza, many patients with respiratory failure who are able to
receive mechanical ventilation may survive, while patients with respiratory failure who do
not receive mechanical ventilation are likely to die. Importantly, it is possible that in the
event of a severe pandemic of influenza, many hospitals and other healthcare facilities will
not have adequate numbers of ventilators to support a major disaster response.
If a scarcity of ventilators occurs during a severe influenza pandemic, ventilators would
need to be allocated according to different guidelines than during usual clinical care.
During a public health emergency, there will be competing priorities for ventilator use from
patients whose need for a ventilator is unrelated to influenza, including the need for
chronic ventilator use. In addition, decisions will need to be made regarding whether
patients should be removed from a ventilator to make way for others who may have a
better chance of recovery and whether there should be suspension of nonemergency surgical
procedures that might create a need for ventilator therapy.
Ms. LeBon’s first challenge is to work on a subcommittee charged with articulating the
ethical framework they will use. Address the following questions / prompts in your paper:
1. What role should the ethical principle of justice play in dictating who should get access to the scarce ventilator therapy?
2. Analyze a conflict between two ethical principles (other than justice) that could occur regarding the priority of whom receives a ventilator.
3. Apply deontology and utilitarianism to the case study to support an ethical argument.
4. Apply at least two provisions of the ANA Code of Ethics to aid Marilee in decision making.

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