Among adult patients with severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), the use of electronic vital records increased SARI-associated mortality estimates by 30%, a recent study found. The study generated mortality estimates among SARI patients from 2 sentinel hospitals in southern Arizona that included deaths occurring shortly after hospital discharge and identified risk factors for mortality. Researchers found:
- Among 258 SARI patients (median age 63 years), 80% had ≥1 pre-existing health condition and 9% died in hospital.
- Mortality increased to 12% when electronic viral records and 30-day post-hospitalization time frame were used.
- Factors independently associated with mortality included being aged ≥65 years (OR, 4.0) and having an intensive care unit admission (OR, 7.4).
Barnes SR, Wansaula Z, Herrick K, et al. Mortality estimates among adult patients with severe acute respiratory infections from two sentinel hospitals in southern Arizona, United States, 2010-2014. [Published online ahead of print February 12, 2018]. doi:10.1186/s12879-018-2984-1.
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