Incident Command System and Hospital Incident Command System
Incident Command System (ICS)
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Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
What is the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)?
Is HICS appropriate for both small and large hospitals?
May be implemented by both large and small hospitals
Maintains scalability and flexibility features of NIMS/ICS.
Scalability and flexibility are illustrated in new materials that include examples of HICS positions that can be activated as needed for different scenario and event timelines.
How has HICS evolved from its predecessors?
The incident command principles embodied in HICS are applicable to both emergent and non-emergent incidents.
Thus, "Emergency" was dropped from Hospital Emergency Incident Command System to reinforce this practical point of importance (HEICS → HICS).
What are the primary differences between HEICS III, HEICS IV, and HICS?
See also: Surge capacity
2008 updates to the NIMS implementation objectives for healthcare organizations
HHS guidance documents