Sills, M., Hall, M., Fieldstone, E., et al. (2011). Inpatient Capacity at Children’s Hospitals during Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Outbreak, United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 17(9): 1685–1691.
The authors examined data from 34 U.S. children’s hospitals during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and found that during the fall, occupancy was actually 6% lower than it was during the same period of the previous seasonal influenza period (95% and 101% respectively). Using this data, they built five models to project occupancy and better understand the impact a more virulent pandemic could have on a facility.