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Lessons Learned From the Field of Emergency Preparedness: Slide Presentation

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Altered Standards of Care

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  • 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?

Speaker Notes:

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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