surge capacity

surge capacity

A term of art referring to the capability of a community and its local or regional healthcare facilities or systems to handle a potentially overwhelming influx of patients caused by natural disasters, large-scale accidents, or terrorist attacks.

Integral to addressing such a surge is the development of alternative care facilities which can be pressed into service to relieve pressure on local healthcare systems by serving as triage stations, caring for the non-emergent wounded, or providing patient care when local healthcare facility infrastructure is damaged.

surge capacity

The ability of a community or health care system to respond to sudden increases in demand for services or emergency help, e.g., after a multiple casualty incident.
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ISLAMABAD:National Humanitarian Network (NHN) and ActionAid Pakistan have joined hands under Transforming Surge Capacity Project to provide human resource for emergency response by developing a national roster.
ISLAMABAD -- National Humanitarian Network (NHN) and ActionAid Pakistan have joined hands under Transforming Surge Capacity Project to provide human resource for emergency response by developing a national roster.
The initiative has been undertaken to strengthen local capacity to respond in the emergency situation by developing a national roster under Transforming Surge Capacity Project.
Finally, the report suggested funding a pandemic research group that would be supported by but independent of WHO, and that would build surge capacity for drugs needed in health emergencies.
We shouldn't have to keep making these hard choices between LCS and submarines, presence and surge capacity, modernization and readiness.
All four branches can, on aggregate, perform their current missions, but they lack the surge capacity to respond to another major crisis.
The plant currently operates on a two-shift basis with available surge capacity.
Police forces across England and Wales have already seen a reduction of 40,000 officers, and further losses will severely impact on our surge capacity," the letter read.
In the United States, The Joint Commission (2015) requires health care facilities to maintain preparedness by sustaining disaster drills and emergency plans to meet surge capacity during disaster events.
I still talk about our strength in terms of operational capability, strategic depth and surge capacity.
Ahead of the meeting, Ritz told reporters he wanted to see rail companies develop more surge capacity to handle big crop years.
Alongside this, the health board will be working to match bed provision with demand through detailed analysis of when peaks are expected and make use of surge capacity plans.