Death rate decreased for severe COVID-19 patients over time

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In a new study, researchers found that for adults with COVID-19-related critical illness admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), mortality has decreased over time.

The research was conducted by a team from the University of Pennsylvania.

In the study, the team reported the epidemiology of COVID-19-related critical illness, including trends in outcomes and care delivery.

They analyzed data from 468 patients with COVID-19-related critical illness who were admitted to an ICU during the initial surge of the pandemic.

They found that the all-cause, 28-day in-hospital death rate was 29.9%, median ICU stay was eight days, median hospital stay was 13 days, and the all-cause 30-day readmission rate was 10.8 percent.

Over time, there was a decrease seen in mortality, from 43.5% to 19.2% between the first and last 15-day periods; no change was seen in patient acuity and other factors.

The team says medical centers should anticipate a growing population of survivors of COVID-19-related critical illness as the pandemic continues.

Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

One author of the study is George L. Anesi, M.D.

The study is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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