Are ethical norms and current policies still relevant in face of the recent mass terror events?

Tomer Simon, Avishay Goldberg, Bruria Adini

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Abstract

The widespread utilization of social media in recent terror attacks in major European cities should raise a "red flag" for the emergency medical response teams. The question arises as to the impact of social media during terror events on the healthcare system. Information was published well before any emergency authority received a distress call or was requested to respond. Photos published at early stages of the attacks, through social media were uncensored, presenting identifiable pictures of victims. Technological advancements of recent years decrease and remove barriers that enable the public to use them as they see fit. These attacks raise ethical considerations for the patients and their rights as they were outsourced from the medical community, into the hands of the public. The healthcare system should leverage social media and its advantages in designing response to terror, but this requires a re-evaluation and introspection into the current emergency response models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118
JournalScandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emergency medical services
  • Emergency response
  • Ethics
  • Healthcare policy
  • Pre-hospital
  • Privacy
  • Social media
  • Terror

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