A team consisting of CECPR researchers and colleagues sought to understand the incidence of patients returning to the hospital after being treated for COVID-19 and subsequently discharged. The researchers found that 5% of patients discharged from the Emergency Department returned within 72 hours for a hospital admission. Patients over the age of 60 had much higher odds of returning to the hospital when compared to patients between the ages of 18 and 39. Presence of a fever, low oxygen levels, and an abnormal chest x-ray were also independently associated with higher odds of returning for admission.
Dr. Austin Kilaru, Dr. Kit Delgado, and Dr. Zachary Meisel contributed to this study. Dr. Kilaru shares his thoughts in a blog post here.