The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations may develop standards for "surge" hospitals, but a spokesman said it has no timetable for doing so. Surge hospitals may include shuttered hospitals, gymnasiums or other facilities used in an emergency to handle an overflow of patients from regular hospitals. A report by the JCAHO and its affiliate Joint Commission Resources said standards would help ensure safe care. A spokesman said any standards would be subject to field review, public comment and review by the JCAHO board. Read the report. -- by Andis Robeznieks
JCAHO may set standards for 'surge' hospitals
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