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Altered Standards of Care
- What did we need to know to develop plans that provided an effective and fair medical response to a mass casualty event?
- Were there key principles that professionals had agreed upon that should inform our planning for mass casualty events?
- What were the critical issues that we needed to consider and address in planning for the provision of health and medical care in a mass casualty event?
The Altered Standards of Care document was an outgrowth of a meeting that AHRQ convened in August of 2004. The purpose of the meeting was to:
- Examine how current standards of care might need to be altered in response to a mass casualty event in order to save as many lives as possible.
- Identify planning, guidance, and tools that needed to be addressed to ensure an effective health and medical care response.
- Recommend specific actions that would begin to address the needs of all planners on this critical subject.
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