Changes in the number of intensive care unit beds in US hospitals during the early months of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2022 Oct;43(10):1477-1481. doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.266. Epub 2021 Jun 3.


Using data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), we assessed changes to intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes in capacity varied by hospital type and size. ICU beds increased by 36%, highlighting the pressure placed on hospitals during the pandemic.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Hospital Bed Capacity
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Pandemics*