STATE – Colorado Department of Health and Environment Chief Medical Officer reactivated Crisis Care Standards for Emergency Medical Services. Advice to EMS providers on how best to use their services is needed at this point. The last time the state activated crisis care standards for emergency medical services was in April 2020.
These crisis standards provide advice to call centers, dispatch centers, emergency medical services agencies and responders on how to:
- Interact with potentially infectious patients.
- Maximize care for multiple patients with limited emergency personnel and vehicles.
- Determine the type of treatment to be provided, for example if and where a patient needs to be transported for further care, if deemed necessary.
The state has not activated crisis care standards for hospitals and acute care facilities, crisis care standards for out-of-hospital care providers, crisis care standards for populations patient specialist or crisis care standards for personal protective equipment.
“If you are ill and think you need emergency care, please continue to use 9-1-1 or seek emergency care as you normally would. Your health in an emergency is always a priority, ”said Chief Medical Officer Dr Eric France. “With the increasing demands of hospitals and EMS, we need to make sure that we can provide care to anyone who needs it immediately. We also need every Coloradan over 5 years old to get vaccinated in order to reduce the strain on our healthcare system and protect everyone. “
In November, the state of Colorado reactivated crisis care standards for health systems staffing. Crisis care standards for health systems staffing enable hospitals to implement staffing solutions to meet the growing medical needs of their communities.
Standards of Care in Crisis are protocols that help health care providers and systems decide how to provide the best possible care in the extraordinary circumstances of a disaster or public health emergency. The goal of the standards is to extend care to as many patients as possible and save as many lives as possible.