Inpatient Capacity at Children’s Hospitals during Pandemic
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.