Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States
Apr 3, 2020
An Excel-Based Model for Helping Hospitals Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis
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The COVID-19 pandemic is placing extraordinary strains on the U.S. medical system, most especially hospitals. Hospitals are searching for ways to ramp up their surge capacity to provide critical care for the sickest COVID-19 patients. A team of RAND researchers undertook a quick-turn study to examine a range of strategies for creating critical care surge capacity in the nation's hospitals. As a part of the project, they developed this user-friendly, interactive tool that allows decisionmakers at all levels — hospitals, health care systems, states, regions — to estimate current critical care capacity and rapidly explore strategies for increasing it. In addition to the web-based tool, an Excel-based version is available for download.
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