Crisis Standards of Care

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Crisis standards of care are peer-reviewed guidelines that help health care providers and health care systems decide how to deliver the best care possible under the extraordinary circumstances of a disaster or public health emergency when there are not enough resources.

Definition of Crisis Standards of Care:

  • Represents a substantial change in usual healthcare operations and the level of care it is possible to deliver, made necessary by a pervasive (e.g. COIVD19 pandemic pandemic) or catastrophic disaster (i.e. flooding, earthquake)
  • Is justified by specific circumstances and is a formal declaration by a state government in recognition that crisis operations will be in effect for a sustained period
  • Provides a pathway for allocating scarce resources
  • Provides legal protections in New Mexico for healthcare providers who are working out of their normal scope of work



A Credentialed physician or credentialed advanced practice clinician will be considered a public employee for the purpose of the Tort CLaims Act to the limited extent and in the limited circumstances in which the credentialed practitioners provide medical care outside fo their normal privileged scope of practice and/or are serving as a Triage Officer or Triage Board Member in a hospital acute care setting. 

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