Research report 2020 - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

The dilemma of triage

Hörnle, Tatjana
Abteilung Strafrecht
The COVID-19 pandemic has at times made it impossible to treat every patient with a life-threatening illness. There are no laws on triage. Which selection criteria – such as age or the likelihood of successful treatment – are appropriate and permissible, and who gets to determine them, is a highly controversial issue. What are the regulations in German constitutional and criminal law? Is ex-post triage a criminal offence? We have reviewed such ethical and legal questions with experts from several disciplines

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