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Lessons Learned From the Field of Emergency Preparedness: Slide Presentation

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Alternate Care Sites

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  • One focus of the Surge Standards and Guidelines Project was to look beyond hospitals for surge capacity.
  • Defined Alternate Cares Sites (ACSs) to reflect the legal requirements and operational needs for the State:
    • A government-authorized ACS is a location not currently providing healthcare services.
    • Outpatient and inpatient care will vary.
    • These specific sites are not part of the assets of an existing facility.


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