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Presenters: Scott Aronson with Erika Henry, MSPCI, Healthcare Preparedness Lead, Washington State Department of Health
Title: “No Guesses: Understanding What Actual Surge Capacity Looks Like”
- Understand Washington State’s approach to creating statewide healthcare system resiliency
- Outline the medical surge visits that maximize a hospital’s ability to accommodate patients
- Envision how this work can inform the state’s work towards healthcare system resiliency
Understanding medical surge means more than taking an educated guess at how many patients will fit in the hallway. To achieve and support an effective medical surge, hospitals must understand which rooms can best accommodate additional patients and which resources would be necessary in order to do so. In Washington State, we wanted to get at what our true surge capacity could be, and that meant understanding how every individual hospital can maximize their capabilities. More than ending up with a “licensed beds + X” solution, this project represents a study in every clinical care unit in every hospital across the state, along with the necessary resources to attain maximum sustainable surge. Additionally, we know which transportation resources would be needed to evacuate each hospital. The end product achieves something much more meaningful than “adding more patients.” It unifies hospitals across our state with a shared vision of providing the best medical care to our communities.
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