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Covid-19: most patients require mechanical ventilation in first 24 hours of critical care

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 24 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1201

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Two thirds (132) of covid-19 patients who required critical care in the UK had mechanical ventilation within 24 hours of admission, an audit of patients from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has found.

The report from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre summarised all the confirmed cases of covid-19 in critical care (199 admissions for 196 patients) up to midnight on 19 March from participating critical care units.1 Of these, 29% (57) were female and 71% (139) were male; their median age was 64.

Of the …

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