Emergency care and the publics health explores the complex role of emergency care in the context of these changes and as an increasingly vital component of health care systems both within and outside the us from an expert emergency medicine team this new title is a reference for emergency care and critical care providers allied health . In march governor deval patrick declared the massachusetts opioid addiction epidemic a public health emergency a move that allows governors and health officials to take extraordinary legal action. The secretary of the department of health and human services hhs may under section 319 of the public health service phs act determine that a a disease or disorder presents a public health emergency phe or b that a public health emergency including significant outbreaks of infectious disease or bioterrorist attacks otherwise exists. Emergencies large numbers of people may require medical attention health care systems may be over stretched and public order may be threatened this chapter identifies some of the legal issues that may arise for national authorities in the course of responding to a public health emergency
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