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"Crisis standards of care" urged by Institute of Medicine

Hospital Safety Insider, April 12, 2012

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A recent report by the Institute of Medicine released in March states that the country is in need of "crisis standards of care" that would help states guide medical care providers in making ethical and legal decisions during and following disasters.

The standards might change ordinary standards, such as cleaning and reusing surgical equipment intended for single use, or more drastic measures such as taking patients who have low survival odds off ventilators to use for patients with better odds.

The other reason for the standards is to better define the role of outpatient physician offices.

Source: American Medical News



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