Crisis Standards of Care: Lessons From Communities Developing Their Plans- Panel Session at the 2014 Preparedness Summit
Disasters, whether they occur suddenly and are unexpected or are caused by slow, sustained public health emergencies, can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital medical services. The Institute of Medicine has convened a series of 3 crisis standards of care reports that have developed concepts and guidance related to how to develop and implement plans along the care continuum to ensure fair and equitable provision of scare resources. In order to deliver the best care possible for the largest number of patients, an integrated “systems” approach needs to be in place that includes key actors from across the emergency health and medical spectrum. Integrated planning for a coordinated response by state and local governments, EMS, health care organizations, and health care providers in the community is critical to successfully responding to disasters.
This session will provide attendees an overview of the underlying principles of the IOM’s concept of a care continuum and crisis standards of care, including an update on its recent report on indicators and triggers. The session will also feature examples of lessons learned from jurisdictions that have begun the process of developing their plans and how they addressed the challenges encountered and progress made.
1. Understand the concepts and applicability of crisis standards of care
2. Understand triggers and indicators for transitioning along the care continuum from conventional to contingency to crisis and back
3. Feature examples of lessons learned from jurisdictions that have begun the process of developing their plans and how they addressed the challenges encountered and progress made.