What are the Strongest Predictors of COVID-19 Hospitalization and Critical Illness?
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:
Petrilli et al. (medRxiv, 2020; preprint) describe characteristics associated with hospitalization and severe illness for COVID-19 patients in New York City and Long Island
Academic health system in New York City (March 1, 2020 to April 2, 2020 | follow up through April 7, 2020)
All patients with COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed)
Statistical analysis: Predictive modeling performed using two different approaches
Multivariable logistic regression used to identify key risk factors
Maximum information gain (splitting) decision tree classifications were constructed for hospital admission and severe complications to determine variables that best classified patients into these outcome groups
For COVID-19 patients in New York City, the strongest predictors of hospital admission were age and underlying health conditions, like obesity and heart failure | Smoking was not identified as a critical risk factor
For patients who were admitted, the strongest predictors of critical illness were hypoxia and early elevations in inflammatory markers
The authors suggest that healthcare providers routinely obtain inflammatory markers (e.g., d-dimer and CRP) for hospitalized COVID-19 patients
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