"In the event of a pandemic influenza or other public health emergency, the demand for healthcare resources and services will dramatically increase. Out of necessity, scarce resources and patient care will have to be allocated so as to generally 'do the greatest good for the greatest number'. Towards this end, the Florida Department of Health has prepared this guidance document to assist public and private medical and healthcare entities statewide in dealing with such events. […] These guidelines were developed by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Their purpose is to provide guidance on patient triage and care during a pandemic or other public health emergency when the demand for resources and/or services dramatically exceeds supply. The Institute of Medicine has provided a framework that allows consistency in establishing the key components required of any effort focused on crisis standards of care in a disaster situation. These guidelines are based on that framework."
Pandemic Influenza: Triage and Scarce Resource Allocation Guidelines, Version 10.5
Florida Department of Health
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