Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19: What EMS Needs to Know
Webinar from EMS Focus
Thu, Mar 26, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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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 unusual healthcare operations and the level of care it is possible to deliver,” is critical for EMS systems preparing for any public health emergency. In this webinar, hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS, you’ll learn: – 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 The three panelists will share their expertise on crisis standards of care from public health, legal, medical and operational perspectives: – James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, is the director of the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at Arizona State University and a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. A leading expert in public health emergency law, he has helped draft several model public health regulations and advised public health officials across the country. – Aaron Burnett, MD, FACEP, is the EMS medical director for the State of Minnesota and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota. As a member of Minnesota’s State EMS Regulatory Board, he helped the State put in place recent changes to regulations to help communities and EMS organizations respond to COVID-19. – John L. Hick, MD, serves as deputy chief EMS medical director and medical director for emergency preparedness at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. An expert on disaster response, he also advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response as the lead editor for the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange. The NHTSA Office of EMS will moderate.

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