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This paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, reports preliminary data from 217 adults admitted to COVID-19–designated ICUs over a 5-week period (3/6/20–4/17/20). There was a 29.7% rate of mechanical ventilation, a mortality rate of 25.8%, and a 40.1% rate of survival to hospital discharge.
These data are from a single academic healthcare system, and they suggest that many patients do, in fact, survive severe COVID-19.
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
We report preliminary data from a cohort of adults admitted to COVID-designated intensive care units from March 6 through April 17, 2020 across an academic healthcare system. Among 217 critically ill patients, mortality for those who required mechanical ventilation was 29.7% (49/165), with 8.5% (14/165) of patients still on the ventilator at the time of this report. Overall mortality to date in this critically ill cohort is 25.8% (56/217), and 40.1% (87/217) patients have survived to hospital discharge. Despite multiple reports of mortality rates exceeding 50% among critically ill adults with COVID-19, particularly among those requiring mechanical ventilation, our early experience indicates that many patients survive their critical illness.
ICU and Ventilator Mortality Among Critically Ill Adults With COVID-19
medRxiv 2020 Apr 26;[EPub Ahead of Print], S Auld, M Caridi-Scheible, JM Blum, CJ Robichaux, CS Kraft, JT Jacob, CS Jabaley, D Carpenter, R Kaplow, AC Hernandez, MW Adelman, GS Martin, CM Coopersmith, DJ Murphy