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Ethical and organizational dilemmas related to the treatment of COVID-19 patients

Jacek Smereka1, Lukasz Szarpak2, Farida Gadalla3, Krzysztof J. Filipiak4, Jaroslaw Baranski5
DOI: 10.5603/DEMJ.a2020.0030
Disaster Emerg Med J 2020;5(3):121-123.
  1. Wroclaw Medical University · Department of Emergency Medical Service, Parkowa Str 34, 50-365 Wroclaw, Poland
  2. Lazarski University, Warsaw, Poland
  3. Department of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York, United States
  4. 1st Chair and Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  5. Department of Humanistic Sciences in Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland

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Disaster Emerg Med J 2020;5(3):121-123.


intensive care
public health


Jacek Smereka
Lukasz Szarpak
Farida Gadalla
Krzysztof J. Filipiak
Jaroslaw Baranski

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