Providing a Framework for Crisis Health Care

In a public health crisis, health care resources may be overwhelmed. Hospitals and other buildings may be damaged. Health care workers may be dead, ill, or injured. At the same time, many in the community would be ill or injured and would need care. There would be a surge in the need for medical care. A public health crisis like this would be a great challenge to the health care community and the people of Oregon. To be ready, we need to plan for it now.

People from around the state worked together to develop the Oregon Crisis Care Guidance. It outlines efficient ways to provide health care in a crisis. This could help save many people who might not otherwise survive. From nurses, physicians, and emergency medical staff to hospital administrators and emergency managers, people from many backgrounds helped develop this guidance. Experts in public health, law, and ethics were also consulted. Together, they developed a plan to provide care in an effective, just, and compassionate way.

This guidance is a living document. It will change as we learn more.

The Crisis Care Guidance Workgroup members and co-sponsoring organizations like ours are posting this guidance to get feedback from you. What you tell us will influence the content of the guidance going forward, because how we respond needs to be consistent with the values of our communities. Please take a look at the document. We hope you will share any comments or suggestions about the guidance via e-mail to CrisisCare.Comments@state.or.us.