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Tip of the week: Learn your state’s estimated bed capacity overrun during this H1N1 outbreak

Hospital Safety Insider, October 7, 2009

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A new report from nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health concludes that 15 states could run out of available hospital beds during the peak of H1N1 swine flu if 35% of the U.S. population falls ill from the virus.
 
The state with the potentially worst situation is Delaware, according to the report. Using federal models, the report estimates that 203% of Delaware’s hospital beds would be filled five week’s into this unfolding H1N1 pandemic, greatly exceeding the state's available number of beds.
 
The full report, including a cool U.S. map with state-by-state information on estimated hospitalizations, is available on the Trust for America’s Health Web site.



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