Death rate of those admitted to intensive care with coronavirus more than 50% - latest figures

The death rate of those admitted to intensive care with Covid-19 has topped 50%, according to the latest figures.

By Daniel Sheridan
Saturday, 4th April 2020, 1:14 pm
Updated Saturday, 4th April 2020, 1:18 pm

A figure comes from data compiled by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) based on a sample of 2,249 coronavirus patients.

The data showed of the 690 patients in the sample whose care outcomes were known, 346 - 50.1% - had died, while 344 had been discharged.

The remaining patients, 1,559, were reported still to be in critical care.

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By way of comparison, just 22.4% of patients admitted to intensive care with non-Covid-19 viral pneumonia between 2017 and 2019 died of the disease.

The Covid-19 figures come from 286 NHS intensive care and combined intensive care and high-dependency units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as of midday on Friday.

Some specialist and non-NHS critical care units also submitted data.

The patients had a median age of 61 and a total of 73% of those admitted to intensive care units with Covid-19 were male.

Of the 346 deaths, 259 were male.

The study revealed 62.9%, or 1,415, of Covid-19 patients in critical care had to be mechanically ventilated in the first 24 hours.

The largest concentration of patients was in London, with 949 being managed across three London Operational Delivery Networks - the system of co-ordinating patient care across the capital.

The data showed that the 2,249 cases in the sample, 1,899 were able to live without daily assistance, and only 151 had previously been diagnosed with a severe life-threatening or life-limiting illness (co-morbidity).

Of those who died in critical care, only 41 had a previously diagnosed co-morbidity.

Age was one of the biggest risk factors - 175 people who died in critical care were above 70, while 142 were aged between 50 and 69.

Only 29 of the deaths were of people aged between 16 and 49.


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