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Volume 14, Number 10—October 2008

Research

Pandemic Influenza and Excess Intensive-Care Workload

Raoul E. NapComments to Author , Maarten P.H.M. Andriessen, Nico E.L. Meessen, Dinis dos Reis Miranda, and Tjip S. van der Werf
Author affiliations: University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands;

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Study population characteristics from EURICUS projects*

Characteristic Study population Diagnosis category 15†
Total no. 39,158 1,413
ICU length of stay, mean (SD) 5.2 (10.4) 10.5 (13)
Age, no. (%) 59.3 (19.8) 57.7 (21.8)
SAPS-II, no. (%) 31.9 (17.8) 39.5 (18.8)
NEMS, no. (%) 24.8 (9.9) 28.6 (9.8)
ICU deaths, % 13 27
Overall deaths, % 19 36

*ICU, intensive care unit; SAPS, Simplified Acute Physiology Score; NEMS, Nine Equivalents of Nursing Manpower use score.
†Values are given as mean (SD).

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