Mass Critical Care Pediatric Considerations in Extending and Rationing Care in Public Health Emergencies
Kanter, R. and Cooper, A. (2009). Mass Critical Care: Pediatric Considerations in Extending and Rationing Care in Public Health Emergencies. (Abstract only.) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. June 19:1-7. Suppl 2:S166-71.
The authors highlight the challenges associated with treating young patients in public health emergencies. They explain claim that the Pediatric Index of Mortality 2 score "meets the criteria for validated pediatric mortality predictions" and should be used in a mass casualty situation. The authors encourage planners and policymakers to "define population outcome goals in regard to lives saved versus life-years saved."