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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Jan;32(1):87-90. doi: 10.1086/657667. Epub 2010 Nov 18.

Hospital capacity during an influenza pandemic-Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009.

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  • 1Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.


At a major referral hospital in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic brought increased critical care demand and more unscheduled nursing absences. Because of careful preparedness planning, including rapid expansion and redistribution of the numbers of available beds and staff, hospital surge capacity was not exceeded.

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