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Critical Care Triage During Pandemic or Disaster- A Framework for Alberta   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "In the event of a pandemic or disaster, preparedness is crucial. It is essential to guide health care professionals in managing both the increase in patient volume and demands that may exceed available patient care resources. As such, Alberta Health Services has developed protocols to guide the allocation of critical care resources should the provincial health care system be overwhelmed and thus unable to meet the demand of the current COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, future pandemics, or any other predictable health crisis. The triage protocols create an objective process to guide health care professionals in making the difficult determination of how to allocate resources to critically ill adult and pediatric patients when there are not enough critical care resources for everyone. Triage is not about withholding care from patients, it is about providing the best care to the greatest number of people. These protocols ensure that such decisions are made in an ethical, fair, and structured way and not ad hoc. The protocols ensure that a fair and equitable process is applied to all people of Alberta."

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2021-05-03
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Alberta Health Services
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Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/
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