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May 12, 2010

Public Health Emergencies and Legal Standards of Care—Reply

JAMA. 2010;303(18):1811-1812. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.544

In Reply: Mr Bhattacharya raises ethical and liability concerns with our Commentary on the legal standard of care during crisis situations. We agree with the quintessential value of ethics in developing and implementing a crisis standard of care. Our concept of a legal standard of care in emergencies builds on the comprehensive work of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee,1 which explicitly noted the role of ethics in crisis care planning and response efforts.

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