Crisis Standards of Care - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Crisis Standards of Care

Crisis standards of care (CSC) is when a health care systems are so overwhelmed by a pervasive or catastrophic public health event it is impossible for them to provide the normal, or standard, level of care to patients. In situations like this, a formal declaration by state government would occur to recognize health care systems are in crisis operations that may last for some time. MDH supports CSC planning as it is impossible to predict the timing and severity of a future outbreak and waiting for the disaster to strike would be too late.

Science Advisory Team

The Science Advisory Team (SAT) develops guidance for hospitals, health systems, health care coalitions. The SAT advises the MDH Commissioner on strategies for optimal allocation of scarce resources during crisis standards of care situations including ethical and policy considerations.

Minnesota CSC Framework

  • CSC Framework
    The goal of the CSC Framework is to provide planning guidance to health care and public health organizations to successfully manage the transition from conventional to contingency to crisis care, if the need arises. It addresses specific challenges of a pervasive or catastrophic emergency when demand exceeds available resources warranting a shift from individual patients to the good of the community.

Community Engagement

The Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response is conducting community engagement sessions to gather feedback on Minnesota’s Crisis Standards of Care Framework. Public participation in shaping the Framework helps to ensure that the guidance created reflects community values and priorities.

Ethical Resources

Additional Resources

  • Ambulatory Care Clinic Tool Kit
    Toolkit containing material for the clinic management team to use in planning for and responding to infection control aspects of an influenza pandemic.



Updated Monday, 18-Nov-2019 08:58:05 CST