Influenza Pandemic: A Model for Development of Administrative Policies and Procedures to Guide Preparedness for Influenza Pandemic Actions in Catholic Hospitals in Pennsylvania . . Author: John Mary Mooka Kamweri, Graduate Student - Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, PA. .
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Influenza Pandemic: A Model for Development of Administrative Policies and Procedures to Guide Preparedness for Influenza Pandemic Actions in Catholic Hospitals in Pennsylvania.
Author: John Mary Mooka Kamweri, Graduate Student - Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, PA.
It is critical that Catholic hospitals in Pennsylvania develop provisional administrative policies and procedures to guide actions in the event of an influenza pandemic outbreak. Health officials are concerned that a highly pathogenic influenza A pandemic (H5N1) could occur when the H5N1 strain of bird flu manages to mutate and spread between humans (IPRP, 2005).
This could lead to ethical and legal questions about restrictive public health interventions that could disrupt personal liberties like individual autonomy, privacy, confidentiality, freedoms of association, and access to limited supplies.
The Pennsylvania’s Influenza Pandemic Response Plan (IPRP), has provisions for mandating the exercise of intrusive powers like culling, isolation and quarantine by public health care workers. Triage and suspension of treatment of non-influenza pandemic related illnesses could pose a challenge to the ethical ‘duty to care’ and diminish physician-patient trust relationship. Patient-load will overwhelm physicians and staff who will also be concerned with personal safety. The provisional administrative policies and procedures will seek to propose values to guide ethical decision-making in Catholic hospitals in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak. The values to be considered in policy drafting include: the duty to care, social beneficence, individual liberties, and justice in distribution of scarce resources.