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For Planning, Response and Recovery. 360 Degrees of Awareness. By: Carl Taylor. The ability of a healthcare system to rapidly expand beyond normal services to meet sudden or sustained increased demand for medical care. What is Surge Capacity?. Why plan for Surge?.

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what is surge capacity
The ability of a healthcare system to rapidly expand beyond normal services

to meet sudden or sustained increased demand for medical care.

What is Surge Capacity?
why plan for surge
Why plan for Surge?

The U.S. healthcare system, overall, is woefully unprepared to effectively handle large numbers of casualties caused by man made or natural disasters such as hurricanes or infectious disease outbreaks, and because IT happens.

surge capacity vs capability
Surge Capacity:

The ability to evaluate and care for a markedly increased volume of patients - one that challenges or exceeds normal operating capacity.

Surge Capability:

The ability to manage patients requiring unusual or very specialized medical evaluation and care, e.g., infectious disease or burn patients.

Surge Capacity vs. Capability
overcoming challenges and meeting our goal
What key principle will guide our response?

What do planners need to consider in developing a plan?

What important issues must be addressed?

What information, tools and models are available as resources?

Overcoming Challenges and Meeting Our Goal
planning for a surge
Surge conditions may last for months not just days

Your other patients have needs also

The usual scope of practice may not apply

External events will impact internal response

Planning For A Surge
planning continued
The time of day or month may matter

Communication both internal and external may be challenged

Physicians will have issues that need to be addressed

Staff challenges will create the need for flexibility both during and after the event

Planning Continued
planning continued1
Some staff may not be yours

Supplies and supply chain disruption may occur

Transportation and Fuel issues are problematic

Alternate facilities and COOP planning a new challenge

Planning Continued
planning final
Leadership at every level will matter

Security of staff, patients and facility is paramount

Cash and Financial Management may be more damaging to the facility than wind and water

There is no one size fits all response- the nature of the event matters

Planning Final
important issues
Do we know our communities health?

Can we communicate with public health and disaster leadership?

Who is making the decisions during a disaster (and can we count on them)?

When we need help where does it come from and do we know how to access it?

Important Issues
what information tools and resources are available
Two guiding points:

Whatever you are doing for exercises JC notwithstanding you are inadequately prepared.

For all of the plans the real issue is do you have situational awareness and can you see around corners?

What Information, Tools and Resources Are Available
Center for Strategic Health Innovation


Alabama Incident Management System (AIMS)


AIMS Training Website