CHA News Article

Crisis Standards of Care Is Topic of Disaster Planning Conference

The difficult decisions regarding delivery of care in an environment with scarce resources will be discussed at CHA’s 2012 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference Oct. 15–17 in Sacramento. Eric Weiss, MD, FACEP, medical director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, will lead a panel discussion on the medical, legal and ethical decisions that hospitals must consider before a disaster strikes. In this thought-provoking session, a panel of experts, including physicians, an ethicist and a critical-care specialist, will outline a process that hospitals can use to lay the groundwork for developing a crisis care plan. The panel will draw parallels to current practices and describe how evidence-based criteria can help guide operational aspects and the decision-making process. Howard Backer, MD, MPH, director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority, also will address the role and legal authority of the state.

The conference, now in its seventh year, is the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators, hospital administrators, CNOs, EMS personnel and public health officials. The three-day program includes 13 different breakouts on a wealth of topics of particular interest to hospitals with many of the presentations based on actual events. Registration and hotel information is available at  The deadline for discounts on registration is Monday, Sept. 17.