Heterogeneity in US pandemic allocation policies: state-to-state variation, stakeholder insights and implications for older Americans

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Project Dates
08/01/2021 to 04/30/2024
Principal Investigator
Erin S. DeMartino, MD (Mayo Clinic)

Consultant: Susan M. Wolf, JD (University of Minnesota)

Even before 2020, older Americans made up the majority of ICU admissions and deaths. In 2020, as a pandemic infiltrates every corner of the globe, older adults are disproportionately impacted, facing greater morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 than any other segment of the population. As a society we are tackling unsettled questions about how best to deploy limited resources as we confront mass critical illness on a scale not seen for generations. These questions strike at the core of our ethos as a nation, challenging us to craft policies to sort through waves of patients, knowing that if crisis standards of care are enacted those policies will determine who is allocated intensive care resources – and who is not.