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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casualty Events This AHRQ document offers an overview of health and medical care delivery during a Mass Casualty Event and discusses various issues which must be addressed in terms of altered standards of care. It recommends guiding principles and a framework for establishing altered standards of care, action steps, legal issues to consider and other non-clinical issues (i.e. finance, reimbursement).
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity in Public Health Emergencies This document consists of guidelines to assist pediatric hospitals in converting from standard operating capacity to surge capacity and help community hospital emergency departments provide care for large numbers of critically ill children. The tool addresses needs such as communications, staff responsibilities, triaging, stress management, and security concerns when handling large numbers of children with either communicable respiratory diseases or communicable foodborne or waterborne illnesses.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Surge Capacity: Facilities and Equipment This brief examines the need for facilities and equipment as a critical component in planning for surge capacity.
Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children Pediatric and Neonatal Disaster/Surge Pocket Guide This guide is a resource to assist health care providers with addressing the medical needs of children during a disaster. The medical information provided in this guide should not be considered an exclusive course for treatment and is meant to be utilized during times of disaster and mass casualty incidents that results in a surge of pediatric and neonatal patients. Care considerations incorporated into this resource include: normal values, triage and assessment tools, treatment and medications, equipment, decontamination, mental health and security.