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Study Links Hospital ICU Capacity to COVID-19 Mortality Rates

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Healthcare Dive writes the more packed a hospital intensive care unit is with COVID-19 patients, the greater likelihood those patients will die, according to a new study by researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Indiana University School of Medicine and a variety of other academic medical centers and research institutes.

The researchers monitored VA medical centers with 10 or more COVID-19 patients in its ICUs between March and November of last year. Their findings of the outcomes of more than 8,500 patients were published in JAMA Network Open.

The mortality rate of patients was twice as high in April — the peak of ICU demand — versus July, when about one-seventh the number of COVID-19 patients needed intensive care.

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