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Old 07-01-2012, 04:43 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Quexos View Post
If this has a business value as It most likely does, I can absolutely assure you that your poor children will not benefit from it.
In the US, that's illegal because of our Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.* And, as a practical matter, when a patient shows up at the hospital (or enters an ambulance) who needs this, there is no time to do a credit check.

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The only reason they could, would be that it has not been tested on humans yet and those poor kids would then be the perfect guinea pigs.
On my evil days, I think that people who call experimental subjects guinea pigs should be barred from enjoying the benefits of their sacrifices.

As readers of medical history know, the first subjects will probably be the researchers themselves, but that won't help much because the effects on patients in pulmonary arrest will be different.

A big problem with testing this invention is that there usually, maybe always, would not be enough time to get informed consent to be an experimental subject. Someone somewhere must be worrying about this.

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After all you might want to be sure this is safe in humans before using it on paying customers ...
It's unlikely to be fully safe, if only because it is intended for patients in a very delicate state.

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* After your life is saved, you may be hounded by bill collectors, another feature of our medical system.
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