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Development of a state medical surge plan, part I: the procedures, process, and lessons learned or confirmed.
Moser-R Jr.; Connelly-C; Baker-L; Barton-R; Buttrey-J; Morris-S; Saffle-J; Whitney-JR
Disaster Manag Response 2005 Oct/Dec; 3(4):112-117
In 2003, the Utah Department of Health received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a medical surge plan. The plan was designed to increase the number of available hospital beds in the state by 1250 beds, including 125 beds for patients with burns or trauma patients. Interested parties were contacted and a coordinating group composed of Utah Department of Health and University of Utah Health Sciences Center representatives was formed, who were responsible for developing the plan. This article is Part I of a 2-part series that discusses the planning process and identification of a group of stakeholders who served as a planning task force, and concludes with a summary of lessons learned or confirmed during the planning process. Part II will discuss the content of the medical surge plan.
Disaster-planning; Emergency-response; Emergency-treatment; Emergency-equipment; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Management-personnel; Biological-warfare-agents; Biological-weapons; Health-services; Medical-care; Traumatic-injuries; Treatment; Burns; Task-performance
Royce Moser, Jr, MD, MPH, University of Utah, 391 Chipeta Way, Suite C, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Issue of Publication
Disaster Management & Response
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division