Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
A Federal Medical Station (FMS) is a deployable healthcare facility that can provide surge beds to support healthcare systems anywhere in the U.S. that are impacted by disasters or public health emergencies.
FMSs are not mobile and cannot be relocated once established. Each FMS comes with a three-day supply of medical and pharmaceutical resources to sustain from 50 to 250 stable primary or chronic care patients who require medical and nursing services.
An FMS may be staffed using local or regional providers; providers operating under an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC); or federal providers, primarily from theU.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. An FMS may be used to:
If an FMS is being established for patients, social distancing and PPE requirements may necessitate the establishment of an Alternate Care Site using the FMS. The Alternate Care Site (ACS) Toolkit contains detailed information for what should be considered in selecting a site, coordinating wraparound logistical support services, PPE, and staffing needs in a during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following list of videos are designed to assist in the assembly and/or operation of key components and equipment in the FMS deployment cache.
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