Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The special medical needs of children make it essential that
health care facilities be prepared for both pediatric and adult
victims of bioterrorism attacks, including those resulting from
dispersal of airborne or foodborne agents.1, 2 Moreover, while
terrorist attacks on the United States have provoked the
development of guidelines for hospital responses to acts of
bioterrorism, few have focused on pediatric facilities.2
Compounding the problem is that many disaster plans that have
been designed for children’s hospitals are not designed to
accommodate large numbers of contagious individuals capable of
disseminating highly lethal infectious agents.
This document is designed to address the topic of converting
pediatric hospitals from standard operating capacity to surge
capacity in response to large numbers of children with
communicable airborne and foodborne agents.