Crisis Standards of Care - EMS Considerations - Minnesota Dept. of Health

EMS Considerations - Crisis Standards of Care

These resources are designed to help emergency medical services (EMS) agencies—both rural and urban—plan for shortfalls in pre-hospital care during a pervasive or catastrophic public health event, which may cause overwhelming medical surge. To respond to disasters, EMS agencies may rely on mutual aid response from neighboring agencies to fill the resource and equipment gaps necessary to meet the pre-hospital care and transportation needs of patients. Development of well-trained, equipped and ready to respond EMS systems has enhanced capabilities and reduced gaps in ambulance response and resource availability for all types of disasters that may occur in Minnesota.



  • Ethical Checklist (PDF) NEW
    This checklist is a guide for any health care entity (EMS agency, hospital, clinic, etc.) to cross reference their plan or standard operating procedure to ensure it meets the ethical objectives outlined in the Minnesota CSC Ethical Framework.
  • Patient Care Strategies for Scarce Resource Situations (PDF)
    A standardized tool to assist Minnesota hospitals, clinics, primary care settings, or EMS in determining the best use of specialized equipment and supplies during a pervasive or catastrophic public health event. Be sure to incorporate relevant pieces of this tool into your plan.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC: CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE . The CDC has release conventional, contingency and crisis strategies specific to eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, and N95 respirators.




Updated Wednesday, 15-Apr-2020 11:57:50 CDT