Surge capacity, or the ability to manage an extraordinary volume of patients, is fundamental for hospital management of mass-casualty incidents. However, quantification of surge capacity is difficult and no universal standard for its measurement has emerged, nor has a standardized statistical method been advocated. As mass-casualty incidents are rare, simulation may represent a viable alternative to measure surge capacity.
Pier Luigi Ingrassia
Francesco Della Corte
University of Alberta
Universita del Piemonte Orientale
Manuscript : Franc JM, Ingrassia PL, Verde M, Colombo D, Della Corte F. A simple graphical method for quantification of disaster management surge capacity using computer simulation and process-control tools. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2015;30(1):9-15