Webinar: Understanding the North Carolina Protocol for Allocating Scarce Inpatient Critical Care Resources in a Pandemic


Apr 28 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services requested that the NCIOM, NCMS and NCHA develop a recommended protocol for the allocation of scarce critical care resources, to be effective only during a Governor’s declared state of emergency due to a pandemic, and when demand for critical care resources exceeds supply.

The primary purpose of the 2020 protocol is to provide recommendations for the triage of all inpatients in the event that a pandemic creates overwhelming demand for critical care resources, such as ventilators, that outstrips the supply. Key recommendations to achieve the critical purposes of the 2020 protocol include:

    • the creation and utilization of triage teams and review committees to promote objectivity;
    • use of accepted criteria, methodologies, and processes for initial allocation of critical care resources;
    • periodic reassessment to determine whether ongoing provision of critical care treatment is likely to result in improvement for individual inpatients; and
    • effective communication with patients and their representatives regarding goals of care and treatment preferences, as well as allocation decision-making processes and results.


The North Carolina Healthcare Assocaition, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, and the North Carolina Medical Society will be offering a free informational webinar about the protocol on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.  This webinar is for health care providers, administrators, and other health professionals whose patients and/or organizations may be impacted by the protocol.


Download the protocol here.

FAQ for Clinicians

FAQ for Patients, Families, and Media 

Participating Organizations (March 26 and March 31 Meetings)

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