The greater the utilization or overload of intensive care departments, the higher the Covid-19 mortality. This was the result of a US study recently published in JAMA Network Open has appeared.
Dawn Bravata and the co-authors performed an analysis of the data from 8,516 patients at 88 hospitals of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals. 8,014 of them were men; the mean age was 67.9 years.
This study showed – which is likely to be in line with an international trend – for the hospitals of the US veterans authority, the mortality rate in the intensive care units (ICU) declining as the pandemic continued: 22.9 percent in March 2020, 25, 0 percent in April, but only 15.5 percent in May. In June the mortality was 13.6 percent, in July 12.5 percent and in August 12.8 percent.
The study is also reported in the anesthesia blog (https://www.anaesthesie.news/) of the Austrian intensive care physicians.