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In the event of disasters, hospitals and the healthcare system may face significant challenges. Surge planning is a regular, key component of every hospital’s emergency plan and response. As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, hospitals are prepared for the increase in patient volume. One key component of surge planning is the ability to increase the total number of beds available in hospitals.
Data shown include the numbers of acute hospital beds (commonly referred to as “floor” or “med/surg”), intensive care unit beds, ventilators, and surge beds. Surge beds are the additional beds that are not normally used in a hospital but may be made available in the event of a mass event.
These data may vary greatly day to day as they are only accurate at the moment hospitals provide the data. Discharges, transfers, and deaths of patients occur throughout the day, potentially leading to wide variations in the numbers.