COVID-19-related ICU admissions across Scotland

  • Public Health Scotland
  • 13 May 2020

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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Public Health Scotland has released the inaugural report from the Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group on patients with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) across Scotland. The report includes statistics on the frequency of admissions, patient demographics, activity and outcomes for adult patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Admissions to paediatric ICUs, neonatal ICUs or stand-alone high dependency units are covered in the report.

Key findings from the report as of 2 May 2020 are:

  • Between 1 March 2020 and 2 May 2020, a total of 483 ICU admissions relating to 472 patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 were recorded.
  • The peak period of COVID-19-related ICU admissions occurred between 29 March 2020 and 6 April 2020.
  • The 30-day survival rate after ICU admission was 60 per cent; individuals from the oldest age group receiving advanced respiratory support had the lowest survival rate.
  • Among patients who had completed their stay in the ICU:
    • around 80 per cent needed advanced respiratory support,
    • around 80 per cent needed cardiovascular support, and
    • around 30 per cent needed renal replacement therapy.

The complete report can be accessed here.