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IOM Provides Guidance on Standards of Health Care During Disaster Situations

Oct 06, 2009

the Institute of Medicine convened a committee to develop guidance for crisis standards of care that should apply in disaster situations-both naturally occurring and man-made that occurs under scarce resource conditions.
At the request of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine convened a committee to develop guidance for crisis standards of care that should apply in disaster situations-both naturally occurring and man-made that occurs under scarce resource conditions.

The committee's report articulates current concepts and guidance that can assist state and local public health officials, healthcare facilities, and professionals in the development of systematic and comprehensive policies and protocols for crisis standards of care in disasters in which resources are scarce. In addition, within the extensive "operations" section of the report the committee provides guidance to clinicians, healthcare institutions, and state and local public health officials for how those crisis standards of care should be implemented in a disaster situation. For further information about the report, click here.