Recommendations for Reorganization and Expansion of Hospital Services in Response to COVID-19. Technical Working Document, version 5 (April 2020)
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Expanding hospital service capacity involves the development and implementation of strategies to provide care and treatment and effectively manage growing numbers of COVID-19 patients. To optimally organize hospital response to COVID-19 and, in particular, expand capacity, it is essential to implement certain necessary basic functions. Leadership is one of the main response functions, performing a key role in activating a hospital’s emergency response mechanism, through the hospital incident management system, or another mechanism that the hospital has adopted based on its readiness, experience, and regulatory aspects. The hospital incident management system enables the facility’s authorities to make informed decisions and determine a single chain of command and authority, by setting clear objectives for the response at all levels of the organization (strategic, management, tactical/operative), improving both institutional and interinstitutional coordination...
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