Medical Volunteers During Pandemics, Disasters, and Other Emergencies: Management Best Practices

Seattle Journal of Technology, Environmental & Innovation Law: Vol. 11 : Iss. 2 , Article 2, 2021

18 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2021

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John Winn

Shenandoah University

Seth Chatfield

Associate Professor of Management (Healthcare Management)

Kevin H. Govern

Ave Maria University - Ave Maria School of Law

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

How best to utilize volunteers during medical emergencies is an essential part of hospital compliance planning. Onboarding recruited and spontaneous volunteers during crisis situations require careful consideration of multiple legal issues. Volunteer planning becomes more complex if volunteers move across state lines because applicable tort immunity statutes, compensation limits, and workers compensation regimes vary significantly from one jurisdiction to another. Effective planning for volunteers requires these and other issues to be addressed well in advance of actual emergencies. Although predicting the scope or severity of any future crisis is impossible, the provided checklist of management best practices should facilitate enhanced care, decreased risk, and lowered costs.

Note: Funding: None to declare

Declaration of Interests: None to declare

Keywords: COVID-19, Volunteers, Pandemic, Planning, Compliance, Medical Volunteers, Management Best Practices

JEL Classification: I1, I11, I18, M1, M51, M53 M54,

Suggested Citation

Winn, John and Chatfield, Seth and Govern, Kevin H., Medical Volunteers During Pandemics, Disasters, and Other Emergencies: Management Best Practices (2021). Seattle Journal of Technology, Environmental & Innovation Law: Vol. 11 : Iss. 2 , Article 2, 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3902193 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3902193

John Winn

Shenandoah University ( email )

VA
United States

Seth Chatfield

Associate Professor of Management (Healthcare Management) ( email )

VA
United States

Kevin H. Govern (Contact Author)

Ave Maria University - Ave Maria School of Law ( email )

1025 Commons Circle
Naples, FL 34119
United States
(239) 687-5390 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.avemarialaw.edu/faculty/kevin-h-govern/

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