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Emergency Medicine and Ethics

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 09 December 2021

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    Asst. Prof. Dr. Hasan ErbayE-MailWebsite

    Department of History of Medicine and Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Afyonkarahisar Health Science University, Afyon, Turkey

    Interests: Prehospital emergency medicine, Bioethics, Refusal of treatment, Family presence during CPR, Ethical issues in emergency medicine

Special Issue Information

Emergency care is one of the most sensitive and unique areas of health care. This specialty is commonly based on a combination of some factors such as urgency, crowding, difficulties in decision-making process, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, family presence during resuscitation, patient communication, and triage. In-hospital or prehospital, many emergency situations are sudden, unexpected, agonizing and at times life-threatening conditions. All these specialties are also related to ethics and ethical decision-making in a limited time.

Moreover, frontline health care providers such as emergency physicians, nurses, paramedics are essential to maintain the functioning of the health care system, especially during crises and disasters. Thus, emergency medicine is one of the areas where an institutional structure of the health care system are most visible. This particular structure is not independent of basic values such as human rights and ethics.

Ethics is the application of values and moral rules to human activities. Bioethics, a subset of ethics in medicine and biology, deals with relationships between practitioners and patients, practitioners and society, and society and patients. Emergency medicine is in a very special position in ethical issues for three reasons; urgency, limited time for any decision, and health care providers are mostly alone when decision-making. In addition, many other components such as religion, law, rights, society, and culture are subject to engagement in ethical discussions. Because of all this, there are many ethical conflicts unique to emergency medicine, such as patient autonomy, decision-making capacity of the patient, consent, surrogates, refusal of treatment, withholding or withdrawal of CPR, confidentiality, distributive justice, triage, dying in dignity, truth-telling, caring minor,and more.

We encourage clinicians, bioethicists, and researchers interested in this topic to submit their articles. Reviews, original articles, and case reports are particularly welcome. Also, we warmly invite you to submit theoretical papers related to emergency medicine and ethics.


Emergency medicine, Prehospital emergency medicine, ethics, triage, refusal of treatment, Withholding or withdrawal of CPR, Informed consent, Justice, Ethical principles, Values and conflicts

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Manuscripts should be submitted online by submit system. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original articles, case reports or comprehensive reviews are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Signa Viate is an international peer-reviewed open access journal published by MRE Press. As of January 2021, Signa Vitae will change to a bimonthly journal. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1200. We normally offer a discount greater than 30% to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial board member. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

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Published Papers (2 papers)

Open Access Special Issue

Herding cats: ethics in prehospital triage

Hasan Erbay

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.056

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emergency Medicine and Ethics)

Abstract ( 4219 ) PDF (206.08 KB) ( 396 ) Full Text

Open Access Special Issue

Effects of occupational anxiety on ethical value tendencies in emergency healthcare workers in Turkey


DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.237

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emergency Medicine and Ethics)

Abstract ( 2704 ) PDF (202.65 kB) ( 243 ) Full Text

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