From the Foreword: "One cannot plan when disaster will strike, but you should be prepared when it does. Is your ICU [intensive care unit] ready? Where do you begin? What are the necessary tasks and priorities? How do you optimally manage the incoming flow of critically ill and injured patients? The Society of Critical Care Medicine recognizes that many ICUs lack a systems approach to forecast response to an external disaster that effects their unit. To ensure a smooth response, ICU professionals must take into account resource utilization, staffing, triaging patients, communications strategies, and other important issues for their ICU so that surge capacity planning strategies are accurate and timely. Preparing Your ICU for Disaster Response was developed to answer these needs. This guidebook will help ICU professionals assess their current levels of ICU preparedness, as well as provide resources for strategizing and implementing a standing plan for disaster preparedness. The information included will help to align your ICU disaster response within your institutional disaster preparedness plan. It also offers tips regarding how to translate your ICU plan to accommodate specific resource needs in the event of a critical care surge."
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Society of Critical Care Medicine: https://www.sccm.org/