The CDC has announced FluSurge 2.0 a spreadsheet-based software modeling oprogram which provides hospital administrators and public health officials estimates of the surge in demand for hospital-based services during the next influenza pandemic. FluSurge can estimate the number of hospitalizations and deaths during an influenza pandemic (whose length and virulence are determined by the user) and then compares the number of persons hospitalized, the number of persons requiring ICU care, and the number of persons requiring ventilator support with existing hospital capacity.
FluSurge 2.0 is a new version of FluSurge 1.0, which was originally released in July, 2004. With FluSurge 2.0, users can now change variables that impact estimates of the number and duration of influenza-related hospitalizations. Variables that can be altered by the user include the assumed average length of hospital stay for an influenza-related illness, and the percentage of influenza-related hospital admits that will require a bed in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The user can also change the total number of persons requiring hospitalization.