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Note: During emergencies, it is important that activities be coordinated through the organization’s incident command system. Activities outside of an organization’s command structure should be coordinated with the local, county and state incident command systems. This enables effective and efficient incident management within common organizational structures.
Making Space for Patients
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation’s hospitals are preparing for an exponential number of patients in need of care. But the approximately 920,000 staffed hospital beds in the U.S. currently cannot accommodate the estimated millions of patients who will require medical care. It is vital that we seek and implement ways to increase patient capacity across the country by making additional spaces for our patients. The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) is compiling guidance to help you and your health care facilities create those spaces. Please review these resources, featuring work from The Center for Health Design, USACE and more.
Thank you for your tireless efforts to combat this pandemic. If your facility is finding success with alternate care sites, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (312) 422-3800. We are committed to sharing your successes, advice and stories across the health care community.
- What if… We Used a Hotel for Patients?
COVID-19 Response Concept Study
- AHLA’s Hospitality for Hope Initiative
American Hotel & Lodging Association
- CDC Recommendations for Alternate Sites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- HHS Recommendations for Alternate Sites
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- MakingRoom Connecting hotels and hospitals with urgent needs for space
The Center for Health Design
- Alternate Care Sites
USACE Materials for helping states and municipalities address potential shortage in medical facilities
US Army Corps of Engineers
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