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Table 1 Contrasting medical decision-making in resource-adequate versus resource-poor situations

From: Clinical review: Allocating ventilators during large-scale disasters – problems, planning, and process

Limiting medical care Resource-adequate situation Resource-poor situation
Focus Patient autonomy Community needs
Relationships Caregivers invested with family Caregivers unknown to family
Patient condition End of life NOT at end of life
Decision made Days to weeks Hours
Prior care Exhaustive Little to none
Subjective inputs Critical Minimal
Key decision-maker Family and caregivers 'Triage' physician or team