This snapshot of emergency surge capacity in New York City, 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: over half of the emergency rooms were operating above capacity, with the average emergency room at 114 percent capacity; the number of available treatment spaces, intensive care unit beds, and regular inpatient beds were insufficient for an event comparable to the Madrid bombings. Twelve of the trauma centers in New York City responded to the financial impact follow up survey.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: http://oversight.house.gov/