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Episode 10: When Everything Hits the Fan

COVID-19 has strained the healthcare system to its breaking point.  In this episode of the Standard of Care, Nick and Samantha are joined by Beth Sivertsen, Medical Ethicist, and critical care nurse.  We examine “crisis standards of care” and what those words mean for EMS.  What are crisis standards of care?  Who declares that they are in effect?  What impact do crisis standards have on EMS providers’ legal obligations to patients?  What is the ethical thing to do in a situation where resources are limited, and how should those decisions be made? Please like, comment, and subscribe! 


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Show Notes / Links


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Crisis Standards of Care, https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Crisis-Standards-of-Care-Plan_Final_Posted_Signed.pdf

Boone, R., (2021, Sept. 16).  Covid-19 Surge Forces Health Care Rationing in Parts of West, Associated Press https://apnews.com/article/health-public-health-coronavirus-pandemic-idaho-a0729894b42af1c3dadeccaffeabea0c

Holmes, B., (2021, Sept. 16).  How Idaho’s Crisis Standards of Care Will Impact Emergency Medical Services, KTVB7 https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/208/how-idaho-crisis-standards-of-care-will-impact-emergency-medical-services-ems-paramedics/277-56f9b813-5476-46c8-bf81-19d597d39e1a

KMVT News Staff, (2021, Sept. 16), Idaho Expands Crisis Standards of Care Statewide, KMTV11 https://www.kmvt.com/2021/09/16/idaho-expands-crisis-standards-care-statewide-due-surge-covid-19-patients-requiring-hospitalization/

McCausland, P., (2021, Sept. 16).  Idaho Declares Statewide Hospital Resource Crisis Amid Covid Surge, NBC News https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/idaho-declares-statewide-hospital-resource-crisis-covid-surge-rcna1997

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