U.S. Hospitals Weathering Flu Pandemic So Far

November 5, 2009
by Julie Steenhuysen

Last May, an influx of children with flu symptoms and their worried families flooded the emergency department of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, swelling the normal patient load from 150 a day to 400 and leaving a net loss for the month of $325,000.

Patient volumes at the not-for-profit hospital are beginning to rise once again as a second wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic -- which has killed 1,000 Americans and more than 5,700 people globally -- works its way through the Northern Hemisphere...

A report by Trust for America's Health last month suggested as many as 15 states could run out of hospital beds and 12 more could fill 75 percent of their beds with swine flu sufferers if 35 percent of Americans catch the virus.

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