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Coalition Surge Tests 2019

The Network will conduct 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 will directly drive our community’s ability to respond to a large-scale patient surge.  The CST I exercise, to be held on June 5, 2019, is 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 will be no actual movement of patients.

Coalition Surge Test II (CST II):  Data generated during CST I will be 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.).  CST II exercise, to be held on June 11, 2019, will provide 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.  The interaction with the Network’s Healthcare Emergency Coordination Center (HECC) will practice the provision of situational awareness and determination of community capability to surge to support patents identified for discharge during CST I.

Questions? Please contact the Network via email at info@nwhrn.org or call the main office 425-988-2898.