Since the start of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, the death rate for patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU) has declined by one-third, according to a global analysis of 24 observational studies of the disease involving 10,150 patients from across Asia, Europe, and North America.
The study, published Wednesday in the journal Anaesthesia, suggests that the increase in survival rate for ICU patients could be due at least in part to improvements being made in the healthcare response as medical professionals continue to learn more about how to best treat the virus.
Overall, the average mortality rates for COVID-19 intensive care patients followed in the study fell to just under 42 percent at the end of May from almost 60 percent since the end of March.
The research, led by Professor Tim Cook of Englands Royal United Hospitals Bath, did not find a significantly different mortality rate across Europe, Asia, and North America.
Arguably all good news….
ICU mortality 59.5% in studies published up to March
Down to 41.6% by end of May
Mortality remarkably down by a third https://t.co/5GNO53f9ig
— Tim Cook (@doctimcook) July 16, 2020
Researchers offered several explanations for the drop in COVID-19 ICU deaths, including the “rapid learning that has taken place on a global scale due to the prompt publication of clinical reports early in the pandemic.”
Study authors also suggest that hospital ICUs might have been under greater pressure early in the pandemic. The rapid spread of the CCP virus, coupled with the large volume of patients requiring breathing support, placed “unprecedented demand” on ICU services, researchers wrote.
“It may also be that ICU admission criteria have changed over time, for example, with more non‐invasive ventilatory management outside ICU,” they continued. “It is also likely to reflect the fact that long ICU stays, for example, due to prolonged respiratory weaning, take time to be reflected in the data.”
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