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Surge Capacity Principles: Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement
CHEST (2014)
  • John L Hick, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Sharon Einav, MD, Shaare Zedek Medical Center
  • Dan Hanfling, Inova Health System
  • Niranjan Kissoon, MBBS, BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre
  • Jeffrey R Dichter, MD, Allina Health
  • Asha V Devereaux, MD, MPH, FCCP
  • Michael D Christian, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, Royal Canadian Medical Service
Abstract
This article provides consensus suggestions for expanding critical care surge capacity and extension of critical care service capabilities in disasters or pandemics. It focuses on the principles and frameworks for expansion of intensive care services in hospitals in the developed world. A companion article addresses surge logistics, those elements that provide the capability to deliver mass critical care in disaster events. The suggestions in this article are important for all who are involved in large-scale disasters or pandemics with injured or critically ill multiple patients, including front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, and public health or government officials.
Keywords
  • surge capacity,
  • pandemics,
  • public health emergency,
  • critical care
Publication Date
October, 2014
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.14-0733
Citation Information
John L Hick, Sharon Einav, Dan Hanfling, Niranjan Kissoon, et al.. "Surge Capacity Principles: Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement" CHEST Vol. 146 Iss. 4 (2014) p. e1S - e16S
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dan_hanfling/91/