Desperate Times Call for Different Measures
Building Crisis Standards of Care During COVID-19

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

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