Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness: Developing Alternative Approaches to Mass Casualty Care: The Role of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [open pdf - 140KB]
The following issue brief on the development of surge capacity by health facilities was published by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "A bioterrorist attack, a naturally occurring disease outbreak, or some other large-scale public health emergency all have the potential to result in enough casualties to overwhelm patient care resources. In response to that threat, health care organizations and systems at the local, regional, State, and Federal levels have taken steps to develop surge capacity, which is defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as 'a health care system's ability to expand quickly beyond normal services to meet an increased demand for medical care.' Within HHS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has been assigned responsibility for developing and assessing alternative approaches to ensuring health care surge capacity for mass casualty events."
Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality: http://www.ahrq.gov/
Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness (September 2006), Issue Brief No. 11