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Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity in Public Health Emergencies

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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Figure 1.  Sample Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)—Hospital Command Group (HCG)

This is an organizational chart that shows the chain of command for a sample hospital command group. At the top is the Incident Commander. A line going down has two branches to the left, Public Information Officer and Liaison Officer; two branches to the right are Safety Officer and Medical/Technical Specialist. A box to the far right includes names of hospital departments: Biological/Infectious Disease, Chemical, Radiological, Pharmacist, Ambulatory Administration, Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Medical Staff, Adult Care, Medical Ethicist, and Research Operations.

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