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Scarce Resource Management & Crisis Standards of Care
In the event of a large-scale disaster, either a no-notice event such as a natural disaster or a prolonged situation such as a pandemic, there is the potential for an overwhelming number of critically ill or injured patients. In these situations, certain medical resources may become scarce and prioritization of care may need to be considered. Medical surge is a complex multifactorial event, the response to which is equally complex. In an effort to better understand, measure, discuss best practices and manage medical surge, it is essential to have an overall guiding framework.
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