The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has revealed weaknesses in the
health care system and how we deliver care. The Emergency
Department is often on the frontline when making difficult
decisions regarding care when resources become scarce. It is
important to address this with education on crisis standards of
care as well as scrutiny of existing models. This includes
challenging how they are best designed to meet our current needs,
where there might be crucial gaps in the assessment of need and
delivery of care, and when they must be implemented.
Martha Meredith Masters, Clinical
Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
UC Davis Health took a very unique approach to Crisis Standards
of Care, perhaps the most difficult topic to plan for in any
What is a hospital supposed to do when there are not enough
resources to go around in a disaster? How do you have these
conversations? Who should be involved?
The first answer: everyone. Consensus is key, and paramount.
Please join us to learn how UCDH convened a group of physicians,
bioethicists, communications specialists, and disaster planners
to work through this incredibly arduous topic.