NEHRP Clearinghouse

Guidance for Establishing Crisis Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations: A Letter Report.
Altevogt, B. M.; Stroud, C.; Hanson, S. L.; Hanfling, D.; Gostin, L. O.
cJanuary 2009, 160 p.
This guidance is intended to assist federal policy makers and state and local officials in the development of more extensive and nationally/regionally consistent crisis standards of care policies and protocols that are applicable to all disaster situations. The committee developed two case studies that illustrate the application of the guidance and principles laid out in the report to two different scenarios. Recognizing the current attention and concern around the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, one scenario focuses on a gradual-onset pandemic flu, modeled around issues that may arise this upcoming flu season. The other scenario focuses on an earthquake and the particular issues that would arise during a no-notice event.
Operational implementation; Policies; Education; 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic; Methods; Communication; Legal issues; Earthquakes; Protocols; Health care requirements; Disaster assistance; Development; State government; Health care servies; Crisis standards; Public health; Emergencies; Standards; Disasters