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Trial by Fire: Lessons Learned from the Chevron Fire’s Unprecedented Patient Surge

The Joint Commission. (2013). Trial by Fire: Lessons Learned from the Chevron Fire’s Unprecedented Patient Surge.

Staff from two hospitals in California share their experiences related to a sustained (mainly) outpatient medical surge of 15,000 patients over a two week period associated with a petrochemical explosion. The authors emphasize the non-traditional nature of the surge response (outpatient versus inpatient) and highlight strategies to enhance staffing from community partners, receiving needed equipment for patient treatment, security concerns and medical records challenges.
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