- Mar 27, 2014
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You've missed the point. In the U.S. giving antibiotics to patient A doesn't require, as a normal course of events, to deny that dose to patient B. Doctors can give the drug to A and B, and C and D, and EE and ZZZ.Arlette:
No, the world is short of effective antibiotics and with the emergence of more and more strains of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains we are reaching a tipping point. Likewise there is a shortage of donor organs but that has always been the case in the age of transplanting. Antibiotics and vital organs for transplants are needs for human survival. Yachts are wants and are not necessary for survival. So a false parallel on your part.
Cheers and be well.
With transplants, that does happen. When they say to Bob - you get this heart, the team are saying to Sue and 300 others, none of you get this heart. Around 150 of those others will never get any heart, and many more never get on the list for a heart because the odds they won't survive the surgery makes them worse candidates than the 300 who do get on the list.
And so in this world, the transplant team must, by the realities of organ shortages, prioritize patients with the best chance at survival, knowing they will by doing so effectively deny treatment to many, many others who will have no chance at survival.