Intensive care units down under hit by H1N1 pandemic flu

08 Oct 2009

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and subsequently
reported in MedPage found that Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in New Zealand
and Australia admitted significantly more patients during their winter flu
season. Over the period of June 1 to August 31, 856 persons were
admitted to 187 ICUs. Of this number, 722 were confirmed with pandemic H1N1 influenza. During the same period in the preceeding four years, the two
countries admitted an average of 57 patients with viral pneumonia.

Adagio Teas

NEJM: Critical Care Services and 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Australia and New Zealand
MedPage: ICUs Down Under Hit Hard by H1N1 Pandemic Flu

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