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January 19, 2021

Intensive Care Unit Strain and Mortality Risk Among Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19—There Is No “Me” in COVID

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  • 1Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, Morristown, New Jersey
JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(1):e2035041. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.35041

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected numerous communities, and reports of overburdened hospitals, specifically critical care units, have become commonplace. High-quality supportive care remains the foundation for ensuring that people with COVID-19 who are critically ill have the best chance of surviving. Such care in prepandemic times relied on sufficient expert staffing, specialized equipment, and appropriate environments of care to reliably implement a myriad of processes that are associated with better outcomes. Given that these resources may not all be consistently available when severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is rapidly spreading throughout a community, Bravata et al1 sought to evaluate the association of critical care strain from March through November 2020 with COVID-19 mortality in 88 Veterans Administration hospitals with 10 or more intensive care unit (ICU) beds in the US.

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