Kelen, G.D., McCarthy, M.L., Kraus C.K., et al. (2009). Creation of Surge Capacity by Early Discharge of Hospitalized Patients at Low Risk for Untoward Events. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 3(2 Suppl):S10-6.
The authors examined the effect of reverse triage (early patient discharge) on inpatient bed surge capacity and found that surge capacity may be greater than previously thought. They also emphasize the importance of hospitals being able to rapidly implement “surge discharge.”