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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a Standards of Care toolkit, titled "Crisis Standards of Care: A Toolkit for Indicators and Triggers," as guidance for emergency situations. The IOM’s reports on crisis standards of care contain key concepts, guidance, and practical resources to help actors across the emergency response system develop plans for crisis standards of care and response to a catastrophic disaster. The resources in report may be used by federal, state, and local governments; public health agencies; emergency medical services; emergency management and public safety agencies; hospitals; and out-of-hospital health care organizations and agencies. This report examines indicators and triggers that guide the implementation of crisis standards of care and provides a discussion toolkit to help stakeholders establish indicators and triggers for their own communities.