Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies: Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casualty Events [open pdf - 433KB]
"In August 2004, a meeting of a number of the foremost experts in the fields of bioethics, emergency medicine, emergency management, health administration, health law and policy, and public health was convened by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (OASPHEP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These experts were joined by highly knowledgeable representatives from key Federal agencies and professional and other health organizations (see Appendix A for a complete list of participants). The purposes of this meeting were to: examine how current standards of care might need to be altered in response to a mass casualty event in order to save as many lives as possible; identify what planning, guidance, and tools are needed and what related issues need to be addressed to ensure an effective health and medical care response to a mass casualty event; and recommend specific action that will begin to address the needs of Federal, State, regional, community, and health systems planners on this critically important subject. This paper summarizes the deliberations and recommendations of the expert panel."
AHRQ Publication No. 05-0043
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): http://www.ahrq.gov/