CDPHE: The state deactivates Crisis Standards of Care for personal protective equipment

June 30, 2021 – The state is deactivating the Crisis Standard of Care (CSC) Plan for personal protective equipment (PPE) on June 30.

Crisis standards of care are recommendations for how the medical community should allocate scarce resources. PPE crisis standards of care were necessary at some facilities when there was a global shortage of medical-grade masks; Colorado was able to procure supplies during that period, but allowed facilities to ration/reuse supplies while also protecting the safety of patients and health care practitioners. With the deactivation of personal protective equipment crisis standards of care, health care providers can stop crisis capacity strategies and resume conventional practices around managing PPE. Hospitals and medical providers may continue to use more efficient equipment management procedures after learning best practices throughout the pandemic. 

Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, hospitals and other providers have reported PPE needs and status to EMResource. EMResource is a communication tool that supports day?to?day information exchange, facilitates data collection, and provides medical resource management. Through a partnership with the Colorado Hospital Association throughout 2020 and 2021, we enhanced this statewide system for hospitals, long-term care facilities, and EMS to provide daily situational awareness for essential elements of information like ICU and medical surgical bed shortages, PPE supply (masks, gowns, gloves, etc.), staffing shortages, and medical therapeutics. In the spring and summer of 2020, CDPHE added over 1300 medical facilities to the state’s EMResource system with consistent daily reporting from hospitals. Through this system, the state is able to monitor the numbers of COVID patients, bed availability, and other critical shortages. 

Since May of 2020, the number of critical shortages of PPE has steadily declined. Only four percent of hospitals across the state were reporting an anticipated PPE shortage in November 2020. That trend fell to one percent in January of this year. No hospitals have reported an anticipation of a shortage in PPE since February. 

Additionally, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) warehouse is storing a 90-120 day supply of PPE to respond to future incidents in addition to the PPE supplies being managed by CDPHE and the Colorado Department of Human Services.The SEOC warehouse also retained equipment from the alternative care system program to set up a 200 bed facility if needed.

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CDPHE: The state deactivates Crisis Standards of Care for personal protective equipment