COVID-19 and Crisis Standards of Care: The Fourth Wave and the Future (Webinar)

September 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
COVID-19 and Crisis Standards of Care: The Fourth Wave and the Future (Webinar) @ online

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the delivery of health care services worldwide, forcing difficult choices on health professionals and laying bare many pre-existing health, medical, and public health sector frailties. A fourth wave of the pandemic, driven by the Delta variant, extreme shortages of key resources have again brought the necessity of crisis standards of care to the forefront of the minds of many clinicians and patients.

This webinar will feature discussions on past and current challenges in ethically allocating scarce resources in the face of surging demand, the health care staffing crisis seen across the country, and identify possible solutions to real-time issues and ways to ensure fair decisions are made even when systems are strained.


1:00 pm | Welcome and Introductions

  • Dan Hanfling (Moderator) – In-Q-Tel

1:10 pm | Overview of Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19: What Did We Learn? How Do We Ensure Equity? What Should We Do?  (read the NAM Perspectives discussion paper)

  • Matthew Wynia – University of Colorado

1:20 pm | Patient Load-Balancing and Other Staffing Challenges

  • Jeff Dichter – University of Minnesota

1:30 pm | Nursing Considerations and Other Staffing Challenges

  • Tener Veneema – Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

1:40 pm | Pediatrics Crisis Standards of Care

  • Chris Newton – UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

1:50 pm | Ethics and Equity Considerations

  • Monica Peek – University of Chicago Medicine

2:00 pm | Open Forum and Q&A

2:55 pm | Closing Statement

  • Dan Hanfling (Moderator) – In-Q-Tel


*Subject to change