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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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Table 1.  Patient Care Activities and Proposed Locations

Activity Area

Inpatients pending discharge

Cafeteria or another large open area

Preoperative care/minor surgery

Day Surgery

Emergency Department waiting room

Hospital Lobby

Triage and treatment of disaster patients

Emergency Department

Waiting area for family of disaster victims

Emergency Department Conference Room

Expired patients


Patients requiring surgery

Main operating rooms

Postoperative patients

Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

Admitted intensive care disaster patients

Pediatric ICU

Patients requiring radiology


Disaster patients pending discharge

Hospital conference room or other large room

Messenger pool/hospital volunteers

Mid-sized conference room

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