COVID-19 Pandemic Healthcare Surge Strategies Framework

The COVID-19 Pandemic Healthcare Surge Strategies Framework is a regional guide for identifying healthcare delivery system-specific response roles, opportunities for cross-sectoral and multi-jurisdictional coordination and collaboration, and recommended actions to decrease the burden of anticipated or actual patient surge incidents and support novel response tactics. This framework is intended to complement, not supersede public health, clinical, and regulatory guidance, and should not be considered exhaustive. The listed response actions under each section come from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, healthcare and response agency feedback, subject matter expert recommendations, and identified best practices and lessons learned.

Sections:


Long-Term Care Support Operational Framework

The Long-Term Care Support Operational Framework was created to offer guidance and resources to Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) that support Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. LTC facilities include Washington State licensed long-term care residential care, including nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities), assisted living facilities, and adult family homes. The goal is to provide strategies to mitigate facility COVID-19 outbreaks, decrease disease transmission, increase information and training opportunities, support the LTC workforce, and maintain patient care in LTC facilities.


Crisis Standards of Care guidance and algorithms

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Planning and Response Tip Sheets

This Oxygen Shortage Tip Sheet was designed to support facilities and organizations in their medical oxygen planning efforts and to reference if oxygen shortages are anticipated.

This Healthcare Mass Fatality Tip Sheet was designed to support healthcare facilities and organizations in their mass fatality planning efforts and to reference if a surge in decedents is anticipated.