" In a mass casualty event of any significant magnitude, hospitals and other traditional venues for health care will most likely be overwhelmed with patients (or rendered inoperative), making it necessary to establish ACFs: alternate locations for providing care that usually would be provided in an inpatient facility, including acute, subacute, and chronic care. The work presented here builds on previous efforts that have been refined and enhanced based on recent experience gained from dealing with significant mass casualty events. The primary objective of this task order is to review, revise, and enhance the alternate care site selection tool that was developed under AHRQ Contract No. 290-00- 0014 Task Order No. 5, titled 'The Rocky Mountain Regional Model for Bioterrorist Events' (available at: www.ahrq.gov/research/altsites.htm). Additional objectives were to develop a template for an operations manual for an alternate care facility (ACF) [...], develop staffing guidelines for an ACF, develop an algorithm to assist health care providers in selecting hospital inpatients who might be eligible for transfer to an ACF to augment hospital surge capacity, and present lists of supplies and equipment that may serve as a starting point for equipping and supplying an ACF based on expert advice and the experiences of those who have operated ACFs."
AHRQ Publication No. 09-0062
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: http://www.ahrq.gov/