Health care facility and community strategies for patient care surge capacity.

@article{Hick2004HealthCF,
  title={Health care facility and community strategies for patient care surge capacity.},
  author={John L. Hick and Dan G Hanfling and Jonathan Burstein and Craig Deatley and Donna F. Barbisch and Gregory M. Bogdan and Stephen V. Cantrill},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={44 3},
  pages={
          253-61
        }
}
Recent terrorist and epidemic events have underscored the potential for disasters to generate large numbers of casualties. Few surplus resources to accommodate these casualties exist in our current health care system. Plans for "surge capacity" must thus be made to accommodate a large number of patients. Surge planning should allow activation of multiple levels of capacity from the health care facility level to the federal level. Plans should be scalable and flexible to cope with the many types… CONTINUE READING
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