Project announcement: Critical care surge preparedness

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CHHS has been contracted by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to work with the hospitals in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County (Maryland) to assess and improve surge preparedness for potential catastrophes in the National Capital Region (NCR). The 10 hospitals have tasked CHHS with performing a gap analysis of hospital resources, training, and planning in the scope of a critical care surge event. The gap analysis will address a host of issues including communication between hospitals, first responders and their respective governments; pediatric critical care; and hospital incident management.

A full-scale NCR critical care surge exercise in October 2010 is intended to confirm the findings of the gap analysis, and CHHS has been contracted to organize the Maryland portion of that exercise. CHHS will participate in day one and two of the exercise along with the Prince George’s County and Montgomery County hospitals, respectively, and other state, local, and federal public health and emergency management officials.

The NCR, which includes D.C. and its suburbs in Maryland and Northern Virginia, is one of the fastest growing areas of the country and faces very real threats from terrorists and natural disasters. As a result, hospitals within the NCR must be adequately prepared to act as chief care centers for any acute traumatic event. This project aims to bolster that preparedness.

The timeline for the CHHS hospital surge project is March through December 2010.

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