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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Resource Allocation:
Case 1

A 28-year-old male is admitted with bacterial endocarditis and needs a replacement of his prosthetic heart valve. After his first replacement, he continued to abuse intravenous drugs. The medical team feels it would be "futile" and a waste of medical resources to replace this heart valve yet again.

Is the team's judgment appropriate in this case?

Discussion

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