California Department of Public Health Standards and Guidelines for Healthcare Surge During Emergencies
Volume I: Hospitals

Primarily developed for use by hospitals, but also beneficial for use by other providers and health plans, this manual contains information on general emergency response planning and related integration activities for hospitals.

This manual also includes guidance for hospitals related to increasing capacity and expanding existing workforce during a surge, augmenting both clinical and nonclinical staff to address specific healthcare demands, addressing challenges related to patient privacy and other relevant operational and staffing issues during surge conditions.

This manual addresses the assets under a hospital’s control that can be used to expand capacity and respond to a healthcare surge.