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The Institute of Medicine: Released the Crisis Standards of Care Toolkit.

Disasters and public health emergencies can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital medical services. During such crises, hospitals and long-term care facilities may be without power; trained staff, ambulances, medical supplies, and beds could be in short supply; and alternate care facilities may need to be used. Planning for these situations is necessary to provide the best possible health care during a crisis.

The IOM’s reports on crisis standards of care contain key concepts, guidance, and practical resources to help actors across the emergency response system develop plans for crisis standards of care and response to a catastrophic disaster. The resources in report may be used by federal, state, and local governments; public health agencies; emergency medical services; emergency management and public safety agencies; hospitals; and out-of-hospital health care organizations and agencies. This report examines indicators and triggers that guide the implementation of crisis standards of care and provides a discussion toolkit to help stakeholders establish indicators and triggers for their own communities.

For convenience, toolkit components targeted at specific actors in the emergency response system can be downloaded on this page. For background information, key concepts, and to view the entire toolkit, please see the complete report.

Available here: http://bit.ly/17sVwDM

 

The Association of American Medical Colleges: Announces a call for submissions for educational tools and resources for inclusion in its MedEdPORTAL’s Public Health Collection

MedEdPORTAL’s Public Health Collection serves as the online destination for identifying, developing, and sharing resources aimed at improving the public health content along the continuum of medical education. The Public Health Collection will help improve public health content along the continuum of medical education and support the expansion of a better prepared health workforce. Topics for this call for submissions include education resources related to the population health competencies, including: social determinants of health, prevention, community engagement, and population health improvement strategies.

To learn more and download the Call for Submission go here: http://bit.ly/14OaW9Q

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