Medical Surge

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Capability 10: Medical Surge


Definition: Medical surge is the ability to provide adequate medical evaluation and care during events that exceed the limits of the normal medical infrastructure of an affected community. It encompasses the ability of the healthcare system to survive a hazard impact and maintain or rapidly recover operations that were compromised.


Functions and Associated Performance Measures: This capability consists of the ability to perform the functions listed below. At present there are no CDC-defined performance measures for these functions.

Function 1: Assess the nature and scope of the incident 
Function 2: Support activation of medical surge
Function 3: Support jurisdictional medical surge operations
Function 4: Support demobilization of medical surge operations