Adapting Standards of Care under Extreme Conditions: Guidance for Professionals During Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Extreme Emergencies

Policy makers and health professionals, including registered nurses, physicians and others, have asked a range of important questions regarding the ethics and standards that apply to decisions about care made during unusual or extreme circumstances such as those resulting from emergencies, disasters or pandemics. The decisions include changes in usual practices due to changes in resources available, or practice in unusual settings, or practice in a setting or with patient care needs unfamiliar to the clinician.