Influenza pandemics have occurred three times during the 20th century:
in 1918, 1957, and 1968. Another influenza pandemic is likely, if not inevitable.1,2 To help public health officials and
hospital administrators prepare for the next influenza pandemic, CDC has developed
FluSurge 1.0, a specialized spreadsheet-based software that estimates the
potential surge in demand for hospital-based health care during a pandemic.
For each week of a pandemic, FluSurge calculates the potential demand for
hospital beds, intensive care unit beds, and mechanical ventilators. Demand
for resources is compared with actual capacity. FluSurge is a companion to
the previously released FluAid 2.0, which provides estimates of the total
deaths, hospitalizations, and outpatient visits that might occur during an
Both FluSurge 1.0 and FluAid 2.0, including accompanying manuals, are
now available from the National Vaccine Program Office’s website at http://www.dhhs.gov/nvpo/pandemics. The software programs and manuals
are available free of charge.
Availability of Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Software for Hospital Planning. JAMA. 2005;293(1):34. doi:10.1001/jama.293.1.34