Emergency Preparedness: State Efforts to Plan for Medical Surge Could Benefit from Shared Guidance for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources: Congressional Testimony

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DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 20 pages
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Potential terrorist attacks and the possibility of naturally occurring disease outbreaks have raised concerns about the ┐surge capacity┐ of the nation┐s health care systems to respond to mass casualty events. This statement summarizes a 2008 report, ┐Emergency Preparedness: States are Planning for Medical Surge, but Could Benefit from Shared Guidance for Allocating Scare Medical Resources,┐ which examined the assistance the fed. gov┐t. had provided to help states prepare for medical surge and what states had done to prepare for medical surge. To do this the auditor reviewed documents from the 50 states and fed. agencies and interviewed officials from a sample of 20 states and from fed. agencies, as well as emergency preparedness experts.
 

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