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The surge capacity checklist: The steps to take now to prepare for Covid-19's peak

April 2, 2020

    The most recent numbers project that the United States will face the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in just two weeks—and projected ICU bed shortages could reach over 18,000. Health systems are already facing dire shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), intensive care beds, and staff trained to care for COVID-19 patients.

    Your top resources for COVID-19 readiness

    In the limited window of time left, health systems must move quickly to prepare for increased patient demand, redeploy staff to care for COVID-19 patients, and shore up all available PPE and ventilators.

    Your COVID-19 checklist to expand capacity

    Boosting capacity has never been more important as hospitals face an impending surge of COVID-19 cases across the coming weeks. As our researchers engage with hospital and health system leaders in COVID-19 hotspots across the country, we've assembled an early checklist of table-stakes strategies your organization should implement now to proactively manage patient demand and staff and resource shortages.

    Our checklist features must-do strategies to conserve capacity within three categories:

    1. Redirect patient demand;
    2. Redeploy staff; and
    3. Locate all available supplies.

    Your COVID-19 checklist to expand capacity


    See the full list of strategies your organization should enact now to manage patient demand and resource shortages amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

    See the Checklist

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