Alaska implements crisis standards of care

Oct. 5, 2021

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has activated the state’s crisis standards of care, or rationing, for 20 Alaska healthcare facilities.

Several of these healthcare facilities had previously enacted their own crisis standards of care unique to their facility.

“This activation was requested by the Crisis Care Committee, so our healthcare providers could continue to provide the best medical care possible for Alaskans under good faith immunity,” said DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum. “The availability of resources and staff changes daily within these facilities.”

Factors leading to the activation include scarce medical resources within some facilities and limited healthcare staff, as well as the difficulty of transferring patients to other medical facilities due to limited bed availability.

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