In accordance with All Facilities Letter (AFL #20-91), Greater El Monte
Community Hospital has compiled resources into the development of the
said crisis continuum guidelines, given concerns for the potentially severe
shortage of ventilators and other resources. The content herein is adopted
from extensive research and proven practice from the University of California
Critical Care Bioethics Working Group. We anticipate revising these guidelines
over time based on health department input, supply chain changes, population
health outcomes and other aspects of the pandemic as it evolves. We are
committed to maintaining a working document that reflects the principles
and sensitivities of the people we serve.
The purpose of the attached guidelines, is to provide our community with
ultimate transparency in our ongoing efforts of battling COVID-19. This
document provides a triage management scheme for the allocation of scarce
resources and to articulate its ethical underpinnings. The COVID-19 pandemic
may lead to a crisis state during which demand exceeds the supply of resources
of individual hospitals within the AHMC Healthcare System. Essential to
emergency preparedness is the development of a just strategy for allocation
of scarce resources in the event that hospitals exceed their surge capacity.
We are therefore attaching the said “Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines”
for public review and knowledge.
Here, to open Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines.