ABSTRACT

Snapshot of Emergency Surge Capacity in Washington, D.C.   [open pdf - 34KB]

This snapshot of emergency surge capacity in Washington, D.C., provides the results of a survey conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as part of the wider study "Hospital Emergency Surge Capacity: Not Ready for the 'Predictable Surprise.'" The scenario used in the study was a terrorist bombing equivalent to the 2004 bombing in Madrid, which sent over 270 patients to one hospital in a period of 2.5 hours. Major findings from the survey of Level I trauma centers include the following: Both of the emergency rooms were operating above capacity; the number of treatment spaces, intensive care unit spaces, and regular inpatient beds was insufficient for the volume of victims in the scenario; of the seven cities surveyed across the country, Washington, D.C., had the most overloaded emergency room, operating at 286 percent of its capacity on a typical afternoon.

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Date:
2008-05
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Public Domain
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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: http://oversight.house.gov/
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