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

Ethical Considerations - Crisis Standards of Care

Establishing crisis standards of care requires addressing complex ethical issues. Minnesota’s Ethical Guidance emphasizes the importance of equity and the protection of those who are most vulnerable during disasters.


  • Minnesota COVID Ethics Collaborative
    MDH is an active participant in this multidisciplinary group that is focusing on the complex ethical decisions that may arise during this time. For more on the ethical guidance developed specific to COVID-19, please see our CSC Homepage.



  • 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.
  • Ethical Framework (PDF)
    This document is the Minnesota Ethical Framework developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, in an abbreviated, un-annotated form.



Updated Tuesday, 18-May-2021 17:22:25 CDT