The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently issued a toolkit to help emergency response planners, including hospitals, develop indicators and triggers for activating crisis standards of care when insufficient resources are available in a disaster or public health emergency. The report builds on two previous IOM reports on crisis standards of care (CSC), which emphasized the importance of developing indicators and triggers in CSC plans. It contains chapters specific to emergency management, public health, behavioral health, emergency medical services, hospital and acute care, and out-of-hospital care, as well as common elements designed to facilitate integrated planning.

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