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Who should get ventilators? Group led by UW bioethicist helping state decide

“Traditionally, the ethics of medicine is, we always do everything we can for every patient in front of us,” said Dr. Norman Fost, a retired pediatrician who founded UW-Madison’s bioethics program and heads up the workgroup. “In an allocation crisis like this, that can no longer be the rule. We have to revert to a public notion of ethics — what’s in the interest of the greatest number, for the community.”