Allocating resources during a crisis: you can't always get what you want.

John L. Hick, Aaron S. DeVries, Paula Fink-Kocken, Jane E. Braun, Judy Marchetti

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During a disaster or disease outbreak, health care providers may have to make difficult decisions about how to allocate scarce resources. A committee convened by the Minnesota Department of Health has recently focused on this issue as part of statewide disaster preparedness planning. This article presents the group's recommendation that health care facilities need to plan for shortages and introduces resources and strategies that can be used in planning. It also discusses ethical considerations that must be taken into account when shortages occur and decisions must be made about how to distribute equipment, supplies, or medications in short supply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalMinnesota medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


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