Good article. As it stands now, I do not think that this rationing would be likely to be needed, but better to be prepared. I could easily see this scenario if bird flu was the pandemic virus, however... http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nat...,2336680.story
From your article:
Quote from www.sun-sentinel.com
When Utah tested a similar plan in late August, the drill revealed difficulties that Florida clinicians and patients are likely to encounter.
Utah family physician Pete DeWeerd had to tell a mock patient's mother that her 7-year-old daughter, who had cerebral palsy and was suffering from the flu, would be turned away from the hospital and likely die.
"I don't like to tell you this," he said he told her, "it feels unfair, but our list is our list is our list." He added: "It was awful. You get a huge lump in your throat."
Dr. Tom Kurrus, medical director of St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, called it "emotionally draining" when mock patients and family members yelled, screamed and took issue with who was denied treatment.
"The major weakness in our preparedness had to do with security," he said.
Kurrus said that although the exercise was covered widely in Utah's media, the public isn't aware that the disaster plans call for rationing.