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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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References and Selected Readings

1. Chemical-biological terrorism and its impact on children: a subject review. American Academy of Pediatrics. Commitee on Environmental Health and Committee on Infectious Diseases. Pediatrics 2000;105:662-70.

2. Redlener I, Markenson D. Disaster and terrorism preparedness: what pediatricians need to know. Dis Mon 2004;50(1):6-40.

3. Kelen GD, McCarthy ML. The science of surge. Acad Emerg Med 2006;13(11):1089-94.

4. Leung TF, Ng PC, Cheng FW, et al. Infection control for SARS in a tertiary paediatric centre in Hong Kong. J Hosp Infect 2004;56(3):215-22.

5. Waisman Y, Aharonson-Daniel L, Mor M, et al. The impact of terrorism on children: a two-year experience. Prehosp Disaster Med 2003;18(3):242-8.

6. Children's Hospital, Boston. Disaster Plan. 2004. (Internal document.)

7. Kelen GD, Kraus CK, McCarthy ML, et al. Inpatient disposition classification for the creation of hospital surge capacity: a multiphase study. Lancet 2006;368(9551):1984-90.

8. Romig LE. Pediatric triage: a system to JumpSTART your triage of young patients at MCIs. JEMS 2002;27(7):52-8, 60-3.

9. Frush K, Hohenhaus S. Pediatric Mass Casuality Incident Guidelines. Duke University Health System, Emergency Medical Services for Children. Available at, 2004. Accessed December 12, 2008.

10. Wasiman L, Amir M, Mor Z, et al. Prehospital response and field triage in pediatric mass casualty incidents: the Israeli experience. Clin Pediatr Emerg Med 7(1):52-8.

11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Smallpox Homepage. Available at 2005. Accessed December 12, 2008.

12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Guidelines for isolation precautions in hospitals. Available at 2004. Accessed December 12, 2008.

13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated interim domestic infection control guidance in the health-care and community setting for patients with suspected SARS. Available at 2005. Accessed December 12, 2008.

14. Katona P. Bioterrorism preparedness:  practical considerations for the hospital and the physician. Infect Med 2004;21(9):427-32.

15. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Strategic National Stockpile. Available at 2005. Accessed December 12, 2008.

16. Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act. National Conference of commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Available at National Association of State EMS Directors Web site: Accessed December 12, 2008.

17. Shemesh E, Keshavarz R, Leichtling N, et al. Pediatric emergency department assessment of psychological trauma and posttraumatic stress. Psychiatr Serv 2003;54(9):1277-81.

18. Bernardo LM, Kaspar P. Pediatric implications in bioterrorism: education for healthcare providers. Disaster Manag Response 2003;1(2):52-3.

19. Wheeler DS, Poss WB. Mass casualty management in a changing world. Pediatr Ann 2003;32(2):98-105.

20. Pediatric disaster preparedness guidelines. Illinois Emergency Services for Children.Illinois Department of Public Health; 2005. Available at: Accessed December 12, 2008.

21. Schultz CH, Stratton SJ. Improving hospital surge capacity: a new concept for emergency credentialing of volunteers. Ann Emerg Med 2007;49(5):602-9.

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