SANTA FE - Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced the enactment of Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) for the state’s health care system.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous, ongoing, and unsustainable strain on the state’s health care system. In particular, the volume of COVID-19 patients - almost all of whom are unvaccinated - have exacerbated existing staffing and other resource shortages.
What does Crisis Standards of Care mean for patients and providers?
Hospitals and providers are already faced with difficult choices about who gets care. Now, under CSC, facilities statewide will use a more standardized and equitable procedure for making those decisions. In addition, before a facility reaches this point, they must temporarily suspend non-medically-necessary procedures.