Crisis Standards of Care – Summary of a Workshop Series – Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events – May 2010

Posted on May 18, 2010. Filed under: Disaster Management, Emergency Medicine, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , |

Crisis Standards of Care – Summary of a Workshop Series – Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events – May 2010

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2010. Crisis standards of care: Summary of a workshop series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.  (pdf full text)

“In recent years, a number of federal, state, and local efforts have taken place to develop crisis standards of care protocols and policies for use in conditions of overwhelming resource scarcity. Those involved in these efforts have begun to carefully consider these difficult issues and to develop plans that are ethical, consistent with the community’s values, and implementable during a crisis. These planning efforts are essential because, absent careful planning, there is enormous potential for confusion, chaos, and flawed decision making in a catastrophic public health emergency or disaster.

However, although these efforts have accomplished a tremendous amount in just a few years, a great deal remains to be done in even the most advanced plan. Furthermore, the efforts have mainly been taking place independently, leading to a lack of consistency across neighboring jurisdictions and unnecessary duplication of effort. Lastly, many states have not yet substantially begun to develop policies and protocols for crisis standards of care during a mass casualty event.

These issues prompted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events (Preparedness Forum) to organize a series of regional workshops on this topic. These workshops were held in Irvine, CA; Orlando, FL; New York, NY; and Chicago, IL, between March and May of 2009.”

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