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Packed hospitals raised death risk by 20%

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EdwinSm, View Drop Down
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    Posted: January 13 2021 at 11:38pm

As cases rise and hospitals fill up this is bad news.

Originally posted by "BBC" "BBC" wrote:

Researchers looked at more than 4,000 patients who were admitted to intensive care units in 114 hospital trusts in England between April and June last year. 

They found the risk of dying was almost a fifth higher in ICUs where more than 85% of beds were occupied, than in those running at between 45% and 85% capacity.

That meant a 60-year-old being treated in one of these units had the same risk of dying as a 70-year-old on a quieter ward. 

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine sets 85% as the maximum safe level of bed occupancy. 

However, the team found there was no tipping point after which deaths rose - instead, survival rates fell consistently as bed-occupancy increased.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55652771

I guess we will continue to see elevated death rates because of so many case in  ICUs.

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This has to be the case in the US too...

It didn't have to be this way!!!

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