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Strategies to Overcome Hospital Surge Capacity in Disasters and its Related Factors; a Systematic Review
Hamidreza Shabanikiya , Ali Vafaee Najar
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Introduction: Since providing health care services to victims of disasters is the main role
of hospitals, finding solutions to overcome surge capacity is always considered by the
hospital administrators. Therefore, the current study aimed at finding strategies to
overcome hospitals surge capacity in disasters and its related factors.
Methods: The current systematic review was performed in 5 phases. In the first phase,
appropriate keywords were selected and the search strategy was determined. Second,
internal and external databases were searched. Third, of the obtained literature, those
related to the study objectives and met the inclusion criteria were selected. A total of 17
papers were selected and the relevant data were extracted from them. Fourth and fifth,
the keywords were extracted out of the papers and then, interpreted and compared in
Results: The identified strategies and factors were categorized in five areas. In the area
of manpower, most studies addressed the absence of healthcare staff from work during
the hospital overcapacity in disasters. Two main strategies suggested to cope with
hospital overcapacity were cancelling elective admissions and early discharge of patients.
In the area of medications/equipment, some items such as basic supportive medications
and oxygen were considered as essentials for hospital surge capacity. Controlling
commutes to the hospital, separating the spaces, and allocation of tasks among staff were
the main structural and strategic suggestions to overcome hospitals overcapacity.
Conclusions: Application of the strategies identified in the current review can help
authorities to better overcome hospitals overcapacity in disasters.
Keywords: Hospital Surge Capacity Strategies Disasters Extensive Literature Review
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Type of Study: Review Article | Subject: Basic Sciences
Received: 2018/03/18 | Accepted: 2018/03/18 | Published: 2018/03/18
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Shabanikiya H, Vafaee Najar A. Strategies to Overcome Hospital Surge Capacity in Disasters and its Related Factors; a Systematic Review. JNKUMS. 2018; 9 (4) :99-106
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