Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, November 21st, 2004
According to investigators writing in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, "Recent terrorist and epidemic events have underscored the potential for disasters to generate large numbers of casualties. Few surplus resources to accommodate these casualties exist in our current health care system. Plans for 'surge capacity' must thus be made to accommodate a large number of patients."
"Surge planning should allow activation of multiple levels of capacity from the health care facility level to the federal level. Plans should be scalable and flexible to cope with...
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