Findings from this brief, along with the interactive county-level map, can assist policymakers and local officials in identifying regions and hospitals with the greatest capacity constraints when treating COVID-19 patients. This will help federal, state, and local policymakers considering ways to generate surge capacity in identifying areas with the greatest need for additional inpatient beds.
Report authors cite expert recommendations to improve capacity such as creating internal rapid-response groups; transferring equipment to essential units like ICUs; categorizing and prioritizing non-COVID-19-related patient caseloads; cancelling elective surgeries; speeding the discharge of patients well enough to leave; using naval and military aid to meet civilian needs; and utilizing alternative spaces such as halls, conference rooms, and amphitheaters to increase physical capacity.
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