Sumary of COVID-19: ‘Large numbers of patients will develop complications’:
- Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP via Getty imagesIn a study of patients hospitalized in the UK with SARS-CoV-2 infection, approximately one-half of patients developed at least one complication.
- About 27% of the survivors had a decreased ability to take care of themselves following hospitalization, which may impact long-term healthcare and societal burden.
- However, some individuals with certain underlying medical conditions and older adults may be at greater risk for severe illness.
- The study took place in 302 U.K. healthcare facilities between January 17 and August 4, 2020. It enrolled 80,388 patients 19 years or older hospitalized with highly suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- Nurses and medical students collected data at specified intervals: on admission, on days 1, 3, 9 of the hospital stay, and at discharge (or at 28 days if not discharged).
- The complication rates tended to increase with age and be higher in patients with preexisting medical conditions and in patients designated male at birth.
- , critical care medicine specialist, pulmonologist, and medical director of the ICU at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, CA, an expert not involved in the study, commented to MNT on the strengths and weaknesses of the study.