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Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19: What EMS Needs to Know

COVID-19 is challenging healthcare systems across the country, with many communities already seeing an increased demand for EMS, emergency department and critical care services. A systems approach to developing crisis standards of care, defined as a “substantial change in usual healthcare operations and the level of care it is possible to deliver,” is critical for EMS systems preparing for any public health emergency. This webinar shares:

  • Why crisis standards of care planning is so critical in the prehospital setting

  • How one state is preparing for a surge in demand for EMS services

  • Implications for local EMS leaders who may have to implement crisis standards of care in their communities

James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, Director of the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at Arizona State University and Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Aaron Burnett, MD, FACEP, EMS Medical Director for the State of Minnesota and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota
John L. Hick, MD, Deputy Chief EMS Medical Director and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis