Children's hospitals may not be ready to handle pandemic

08/28/2011 |

Researchers reported in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal that the median occupancy rate in 34 U.S. children's hospitals during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic was 95%, adding that the hospitals would have been at full capacity with only about 0.2 additional admissions for every 10 beds daily. The findings suggest that modest increases in pediatric cases in a pandemic could lead to substantial emergency department crowding at children's hospitals, researchers said.

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