Coalition Surge Tests 2019
The Network conducted coalition-wide functional Surge Test exercises in June 2019.
The Coalition Surge Test (CST I) is a relatively new annual requirement for healthcare coalitions that receive funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). While this requirement specifically applies to coalitions, the actions and functions that must be tested are conducted primarily at the hospital-level and directly drive our community’s ability to respond to a large-scale patient surge. The CST I exercise, that was held on June 5, 2019, was designed to measure our Coalition’s ability to work collaboratively during a simulated evacuation of 20% of our region’s acute-care hospital bed capacity. For our Coalition, 20% roughly equates to 1640 acute care patients. There was no actual movement of patients.
Coalition Surge Test II (CST II): The data that was generated during CST I was used to support an exercise designed for non-hospital participation (Long-Term Care, Skilled Nursing Facility, Dialysis, Outpatient Clinics, Blood/Tissue Centers, Home Health, etc.). The CST II exercise, that was held on June 11, 2019, provided an opportunity for healthcare facilities to test their facility response plans and processes, as well as practice communicating and coordinating with the Network and other healthcare partners in a community exercise. This interaction with the Network’s Healthcare Emergency Coordination Center (HECC) practiced the provision of situational awareness and determination of community capability to surge to support patents identified for discharge during CST I.
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