Alberta drawing up 'ethical framework' for hospitals as COVID-19 surge looms

The province’s 2016 document also refers to the ethical dilemmas entailed in ensuring the well-being of health care staff.

“Some people, such as health care workers, may face very heavy burdens in trying to help us through pandemic influenza; it is important to think about how to minimize those burdens,” it states.

In a video directed at patients and fellow doctors posted online Thursday, Sundre physician Dr. Carly Crewe said while she and her colleagues are willing to face the pandemic, “it’s okay for your sacrifice to have limits.”

“We want you to know there’s no honour to being a martyr, it’s okay to have boundaries, to honour yourself, to honour your skills.”

For now, the health care officials are confident the province has the resources to respond to a pandemic patient influx and is preparing for a worst-case scenario.

“Based on the work we’re doing, I would hope we’d be in a position not to have make those decisions,” said Dr. Yael Moussadji, who’s leading the pandemic response plan in Calgary.

But she and Guichon said the public also has to play its part through social distancing to ensure that.

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