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Create a surge plan by working with clinical support

Hospital Safety Insider, September 3, 2009

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The emergency management coordinator can advance the development of a hospital surge plan to include an increased volume of patients overall, which includes support for persons with special needs. For example, a mass casualty incident may results in an increase in the need for surge space in your operating rooms, trauma units, ICUs, and orthopedic and neurological units; biological outbreak can create a need to use your negative pressure rooms or to create a cohort unit.

The following are some general principles to abide by when managing medical surge:

  • Make room
  • Restrict services
  • Anticipate space usage
  • Plan for routine and altered standards of care

Also, be sure to keep prepared for patient surge and understand how to effectively manage patient clinical and support activities by attending HCPro's October 26, 2009 Emergency Management Coordinator's Workshop: Joint Commission Compliance and Beyond.

Source: The Emergency Management Coordinator's Handbook for Hospitals, HCPro, Inc., 2008.

 



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