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Surge Capacity Assessments and Regionalization Issues

Web Conference

This Web Conference, broadcast on June 17, 2003, was the third in a series on bioterrorism conducted during 2003 via the World Wide Web and telephone. This Web conference focused on assessing the capacity of health care facilities and systems to respond to a terrorist or other public health emergency, and developing intra-State or multi-State regional strategies to mobilize resources. The User Liaison Program (ULP) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed and sponsored the program.

Select to access the Conference Sessions; all slides for each presentation are also available separately. Select for Playback Tips and Software Requirements.

While listening to the audio, you can also access the individual PowerPoint® slide presentations and manually move through the slides referred to by each presenter. There is a text version of each slide presentation.

An audio tape of the conference is also available for $10.00 through the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295. Ask for AHRQ 03-AV10A, "Surge Capacity Assessments and Regionalization Issues."

Program Overview

Bioterrorism is a significant public health threat to the United States. Addressing this threat requires the rapid development of Federal, State and local capacity to respond to potential bioterrorism events. To be as effective as possible, these efforts must be directed toward improving the abilities of both our public health system and our health care delivery system. These include the individual systems of care, facilities, and clinicians that comprise the delivery system to detect and respond to such threats.

The conference focused on:

  • Guidance by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on regional surge capacity planning.
  • An analysis of conceptual models for regional preparedness strategies.
  • Development of a multi-State regional approach to maximizing capacity and optimizing resources.
  • Design of a decision tool to assist health care systems in assessing the requirements of bioterrorism events.

Conference Sessions

The streaming presentation includes the audio and slides presented during the Web program. Because this is a recording of the sessions, instructions to the participants are no longer relevant. To access each session, select Streaming Presentation. All slides for each presentation are also available separately.

Select for Playback Tips and Software Requirements.


PowerPoint® files can be viewed with Microsoft® PowerPoint® or with a free PowerPoint® Viewer.

Playback Tips

  • These streaming video presentations demand a lot from your computer's resources. You may find that the streaming video works better if you close other applications and windows on your computer.
  • To adjust audio levels, slide the button in the lower right corner.
  • To start, pause, or stop playback, use the buttons in the left corner.
  • To jump ahead in the session, use the slider at the bottom.

Software Requirements

To access the audio clips, you will need Real® player software installed on your computer. To download a free RealOne® player, go to and select "Free RealOne® Player." Check the minimum requirements for each for your system; if you are a Macintosh or Unix/Linux user, select the player appropriate for your computer.

Follow the instructions provided for download and installation. If you are unsure of where you saved it on your computer, select "Start" on your navigation bar, then "Find," and search for "Real." When you find the folder, look for the "Set-Up" box, select that, and the installation will begin.

Current as of September 2003

Internet Citation:

Surge Capacity Assessments and Regionalization Issues. Web Conference, broadcast on June 17, 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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