Triage in the Pandemic © Baschi Bender/MPI-CSL

What happens when two patients equally need urgent medical assistance but the resources available are only enough for one of them? Numerous medical associations and scientific bodies in Germany provide advice on how to proceed in such situations, albeit in the form of non-binding ethical recommendations.
In an interview with “Der Spiegel” Tatjana Hörnle explains what a triage law should include so that doctors do not face criminal liability for their actions in such difficult situations.


Interview in “Der Spiegel” (in German).


Tatjana Hörnle is director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law and head of the Department of Criminal Law.