THURSDAY WEBINAR: Prehospital Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19

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Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19: What EMS Needs to Know

Hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS on Thursday, March 26 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT, this webinar will feature experts on implementing crisis standards of care at the state and local levels

COVID-19 is challenging healthcare systems across the country, with many communities already seeing an increased demand for EMS, emergency department and critical care services. A systems approach to developing crisis standards of care, defined as a “substantial change in unusual healthcare operations and the level of care it is possible to deliver,” is critical for EMS systems preparing for any public health emergency. In this webinar, hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS, you’ll learn:

  • Why crisis standards of care planning is so critical in the prehospital setting
  • How one state is preparing for a surge in demand for EMS services
  • Implications for local EMS leaders who may have to implement crisis standards of care in their communities

The three panelists will share their expertise on crisis standards of care from public health, legal, medical and operational perspectives:

James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, is the director of the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at Arizona State University and a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. A leading expert in public health emergency law, he has helped draft several model public health regulations and advised public health officials across the country.

Aaron Burnett, MD, FACEP, is the EMS medical director for the State of Minnesota and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota. As a member of Minnesota’s State EMS Regulatory Board, he helped the state put in place recent changes to regulations to help communities and EMS organizations respond to COVID-19.

John L. Hick, MD, serves as deputy chief EMS medical director and medical director for emergency preparedness at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Hick was a member or co-chair for each of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine Crisis Standard of Care publications and has published widely on disaster-related topics.

The NHTSA Office of EMS will moderate.

Note: This live webinar will be limited to the first 3,000 people to log in using the link provided. A recording of the webinar will be shared as soon as it is available, and the webinar will use computer audio only, rather than a phone line.

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