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THE mortality rate of patients admitted to intensive care with coronavirus is close to 50 per cent, according to an early study of critical care outcomes.
The Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC) report today shows that out of 165 admissions to critical care units, 79 patients have died and 86 were discharged.
A further 609 patients were last reported as still being in intensive care.
The study includes data on all confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported to the centre up to midnight on March 26 from 285 critical care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland taking part in an ICNARC programme.
Of those admitted to critical care with the virus, 70.5 per cent were men and 29.5 per cent were women. The average age was 60.2 years.
The data also shows that the mortality rate is currently higher for men than women, and increases with age.
Of the 79 who have died, 21 were women and 58 were men, with nine aged between 16-49, 29 aged 50-69 and 41 aged 70 or older.
Critical care units involved in the initiative are asked to notify ICNARC as soon as they have an admission with Covid-19 and provide data at different points of their treatment.
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