Surge – Part 2

In the first half of our episode on surge, we heard first hand accounts of how COVID-19 impacted EDs and ICUs in hard hit areas. In the second half, we explore emergency preparedness at a more macro level. Experts, Dr. John Rose and Dr. Dan Colby, join us to discuss how county emergency medical services, hospital administration, and emergency departments are planning for a potential surge of COVID-19 cases. As new infections and hospitalizations are rising across most of the country, they offer some practical advice to help us manage the surge. .

Has your hospital experienced a COVID surge? How did you handle it, or how are you preparing for a potential surge? Share your thoughts and experiences with us on social media @empulsepodcast, or through our website, And stay tuned for Part 2, when we’ll talk practical preparedness strategies from EMS, administration, and ED operations points of view – coming July 3rd!

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. John Rose, Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis and Medical Director for Yolo Emergency Medical Services Agency (YEMSA)

Dr. Daniel Colby, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and member of the ED Clinical Operations Team at UC Davis


California Hospital Association Emergency Preparedness Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)

Pediatric Overflow Planning Contingency Response Network (POPCoRN)


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Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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