New discovery about mortality caused by COVID-19. A study conducted in public hospitals in the Canary Islands has established the association between a high level of red blood cell variability and mortality in patients suffering from coronavirus.
Leonardo Lorente, intensivist and coordinator of the research, assured in . that “this multicenter study could help in predicting the risk of death for patients with COVID-19 and in optimization of the use of health resources “.
Analysis of 143 patients
The investigation determines that greater variability of red blood cells in volume and size is associated with higher mortality. To analyze it, a prospective analysis was carried out in 143 patients, for whom the variability was recorded of red blood cells on admission and mortality at 30 days.
Thus, patients non-survivors show greater variability of red blood cells in volume and size upon admission to ICU than survivors. Therefore, as the study concludes, there is an association between high red blood cell variability and mortality in this disease.
The participating centers
The ICUs that collaborated in this analysis were those of the Canary Islands University Hospital, University Hospital Our Lady of Candelaria, University Hospital Dr. Negrín, University Hospital Complex Insular Maternal-Infant, Hospital José Molina Orosa from Lanzarote and General Hospital of The Palm.