Standards and Guidelines For Healthcare Surge During Emergencies

In December 2005, CDPH established a Surge Capacity Data Workgroup to collect consistent preparedness data from its local Healthcare provider partners. In February 2006, CDPH conducted a statewide assessment of surge capacity based on standardized definitions. CDPH measured current surge capacity against HRSA benchmarks for a moderate event and against a model pandemic influenza scenario using CDC’s FluSurge 2.0 software. A gap analysis was completed and CDPH proposed a $400 million (state funds) Surge Initiative to mitigate surge gaps for both moderate and catastrophic events.

The 2006-07 State budget awarded $214 million to build surge capacity including the purchase of the state’s share of antivirals (3.7 million courses), 2400 ventilators, 50 million N95 respirators, three 200-bed mobile field hospitals, and supplies and equipment for 21,000 alternate care site beds; the development of standards and guidelines for healthcare delivery during surge events; and updating hospital emergency and infection control regulations.

Standards and Guidelines

Surge Project Background