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.
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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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Ann Fortin from the WHO Regional Office for Africa, stated during her opening remarks that the EMTs played a pivotal role in emergency response, providing temporary surge capacity in support of local health response systems and of the communities.
Dr Hassan al Thani, head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery Sections at Hamad Medical Corporation, was selected for the Outstanding Capstone Impact Award for his project on "Crisis Surge Capacity and Mitigation Plan Based on Real-Time Trauma Registry Data." Welcoming its third cohort in September 2019, the IEDM programme helps the next generation of global leaders prepare for and respond to a wide variety of natural, technological, and man-made disasters.
Dr Hassan al-Thani, head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery Sections at Hamad Medical Corporation, was selected for the Outstanding Capstone Impact Award for his project on "Crisis Surge Capacity and Mitigation Plan Based on Real-Time Trauma Registry Data." Welcoming its third cohort in September 2019, the IEDM programme helps the next generation of global leaders prepare for and respond to a wide variety of natural, technological, and man-made disasters.
The study suggests that both efficient allocation of existing funds and procuring new funding will be critical to continue meeting the demand for crisis mental health services, including surge capacity.
It added: "Work is continuing in identifying any additional resources, surge capacity and other contingencies which may be required such that the respective mitigating actions can be set in place to help offset the challenges of additional pressure across the system in winter."
In response to Executive Order 13806, a recent Munitions and Missiles Working Group identified the following significant sector-wide risks: material obsolescence, lack of redundant capability, visibility into sub-tier suppliers, loss of design and production skills, and gaps in surge capacity. (7) While there are many layers of complex problems in the munitions enterprise, the focus here is on what the programming community can affect.
In "Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century," written in response to a 2017 presidential executive order, the White House calls for reducing the corps from 6,500 uniformed public health professionals to no more than 4,000 members and creating a reserve corps to provide additional surge capacity during a public health emergency.
Under the MOU, PDRF commits to provide capacity augmentation assistance to DSWD, specifically on disaster operations, such as disaster response surge capacity building; interventions along disaster resiliency; and public service continuity for DSWD social welfare and development programs.
In some places, the robotic capacity will sit alongside human capacity doing very similar work with one or the other acting as the surge capacity. More often, the robotic capacity will take on one or more elements of a process, sitting within a process flow with work passing back and forth between human and robotic capacity.
'The bank is providing technical assistance for enhanced cross-county collaboration, surge capacity to counties and the development of a socioeconomic blueprint for the region through the Kenya Accountable Devolution Programme,' World Bank Africa Region vice president Makhtar Diop said.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Secretary deployed over a dozen volunteers as part of the Department of Homeland Security's Surge Capacity Force across Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.