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Mortality Estimates Among SARI Patients

BMC Infect Dis; ePub 2018 Feb 12; Barnes, et al

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).

Citation:

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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