Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and National Organizations Share Strategies to Improve Crisis Standards of Care Implementation During Future COVID-19 Surges and Beyond
May 13, 2021 – The fight against COVID-19 is not over. This pandemic has taught painful lessons about the need for clarity and consistency across institutions and jurisdictions about invoking crisis standards of care (CSC) and the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on historically minoritized and marginalized populations.
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and 8 other national organizations have issued a statement calling for system-wide actions to share clinical and operational lessons learned in order to make improvements based on this past year’s experiences and ready our health care system and communities for the potential for further surges in demand for care. Going forward, addressing equity must be recognized as a vital consideration for refining and deploying CSC.
The best time to address crisis of care issues is now. Failure to capitalize on this opportunity means the continuation of a fractured system that could do much more to protect both patients and providers in times of crisis.