From the Purpose: "Disasters often occur with little warning and can have catastrophic consequences for the community. Nurses are positioned to have a leadership role in the operational management of these events. At its core, a disaster is the complete imbalance between the resources at hand and the demands for those same resources. In events that impact the health and wellness of the community, healthcare resources can be expected to be an area experiencing significant strain. The resources impacted may be as specific as intensive care beds and ventilators as in the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, or wide-reaching as in the generalized collapse of the healthcare infrastructure in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The purpose of this topic brief is to provide emergency nurses with the background and key concepts related to crisis standards of care (CSC) to enable discussions, planning, and education to occur before a crisis materializes."
2017 Emergency Nurses Association
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