Mortality was higher in older patients (P < 0.001)
≥64 years: 36%
≤63 years: 15%
In this study, COVID-19 patients in ICUs in Lombardy, Italy were mostly older men | Most patients in the ICU required mechanical ventilation, with high levels of PEEP
Approximately a quarter of patients died following admission to the ICU
Many patients still remained hospitalized
The authors point out that age of median age of ICU admission was 63 years, similar to the median age of COVID-19 positive cases in Italy “suggesting that, to date, older age alone is not a risk factor for admission to the ICU”
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