The South Dakota Crisis Standards of Care Plan will be implemented when a public health or disaster event overwhelms usual health and medical resources, capabilities, and capacities, resulting in an inability of the healthcare system to provide the standard levels of care to patients. This plan provides the guidelines needed for collaborative development of crisis standards of care across the state of South Dakota and throughout each community.
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The goals for the South Dakota Crisis Standards of Care Plan are to:
- Unify South Dakota hospitals and work with a common purpose
- Prioritize critical care resources during a public health emergency
- Help inform local plans
- Identify state vs. hospital roles and responsibilities