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April 14, 2010

Variation in Critical Care Beds Per Capita in the United States: Implications for Pandemic and Disaster Planning

JAMA. 2010;303(14):1371-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.394

To the Editor: A sudden influx in unplanned intensive care unit (ICU) admissions due to a pandemic or disaster could place substantial strain on the health care system.1-3 Without coordination of resources at the state and national level, an unexpected increase in critical illness could lead to mismatched supply and demand. To better understand the implications of this problem, we evaluated US population-level critical care bed supply.