Colorado Crisis Standards of Care

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Governor's Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee (GEEERC) has revised the Crisis Standards of Care for Colorado. Sub-groups reviewed the content and solicited community feedback and engagement throughout the process. Crisis Standards of Care are guidelines for how the medical community should allocate scarce resources such as ventilators and intensive care unit beds in the extreme case when patient needs exceed the resources available. 

Crisis Standards of Care are guidelines for how the medical community should allocate scarce resources such as ventilators and intensive care unit beds in the extreme case when patient needs exceed the resources available. 

The state hopes to avoid using “Crisis Standards of Care,” but must prepare for the possibility that the standards may be needed. Members of the public play the single most important role in helping hospitals avoid having to use “Crisis Standards of Care” by obeying state and local public health orders and following appropriate physical distancing recommendations.

The GEEERC approved the following Crisis Standards of Care documents on 04/05/20. The documents will be used to revise the full and final Crisis Standards of Care plan.