Some people can’t let a good project go. Eric Larson, Suzet McKinney, Martin Raniowski, and James Tyson (all Cohort IX) have continued to work on their class project on crisis standards of medical care and recently brought it to an innovation fair at Harvard’s new iLab.
Crisis standards of care (CSC) apply in situations such as large-scale natural disasters when a massive surge of patients stretches a health care system beyond the point where it provide service to conventional standards. What alterations to standards are acceptable? How do priorities shift? Having crisis standards identified in advance eliminates the need to make ad hoc decisions that could be inconsistent across facilities. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued comprehensive guidance for establishing CSCs beginning in 2009.
The project addressed the challenge for state and local officials to implement the IOMs CSC guidance. The material is several hundred pages long, including seven volumes of the 2012 Systems Framework. The team developed an interactive, Web-based tool that helps officials assess where they are in terms of planning and implementation, locate the precise information for next steps, and points them to resources available to address the gaps identified.
This is not the only project to find life after the Cohort concludes. Others have included the Meta-Leadership Summits for Preparedness that eventually were held in 36 cities across the U.S. and the Tale of Our Cities project that convened international emergency response leaders to share their terrorism response lessons learned and best practices with their U.S. counterparts.
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