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StethoscopeThe following resources are intended for clinician use when providing care during a public health emergency.

Reports and Guidance

  • Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casualty Events
    • This AHRQ report is a summary of findings that emerged from experts’ discussion of the provision of health and medical care in a mass casualty event.  It also includes recommendations for action that could be undertaken to support planning an effective response to a mass casualty event.
  • Communicating with the Hearing Impaired during an Emergency
    • The American with Disabilities Act Business Brief outlines guidance regarding communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing in hospital settings during a public health emergency.   
  • Definitive Care for the Critically Ill During a Disaster (Critical Care Collaborative)
    • This series of articles, written by the Task Force on Mass Critical Care provides recommendations for medical equipment, concepts to expand treatment spaces, and staffing models to prepare for emergency mass critical care. These consensus suggestions were derived from published clinical practice guidelines and medical resource utilization data for the everyday critical care conditions anticipated to predominate during mass critical care events.
  • IOM Crisis Standards of Care Report
    • This report developed by the Board on Health Sciences and Policy and the Institute of Medicine focuses on articulating current concepts and guidance that can assist state and local public health officials, healthcare facilities, and professionals in the development of systematic and comprehensive policies and protocols for crisis standards of care in disasters where resources are scarce.
  • Pandemic Influenza Planning Guide for Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) 
    • Developed by HHS to identify important, specific activities MRC units can undertake to prepare for pandemic influenza, and other public health emergency.
  • Surge Hospitals: Providing Safe Care in Emergencies 
    • This Joint Commission guide provides information to healthcare planners at the community, state, and federal level on definitions of surge hospitals, the kind of planning they require, how they can be set up, and who should be responsible for their establishment and operation.


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