Compared with death data for the same weeks from prior years, nearly 300,000 excess deaths occurred in the United States between the weeks ending Jan. 26 through Oct. 3, 2020. Two-thirds were attributed to COVID-19.
Total sleep duration declines with increasing age, as does the fraction of sleep spent in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The decline in REM is associated with increasing mortality, but it is not clear if this is a cause or a marker of declining health and declining brain function.
In a large cohort of asymptomatic patients with hemodynamically significant chronic aortic regurgitation, volumetric left ventricular size and function measurements were equally discriminant in identifying patients at higher risk for mortality vs. traditional linear measurements.
Some hospitals have found a novel solution in the form of resuscitative care units, which are ICUs based in EDs. Patients who need time-sensitive respiratory, metabolic, neurologic, or hemodynamic critical care can receive it in the ED. This prevents these patients from waiting so long for a bed to finally open in the appropriate specialty ICU.
Patients are more likely to leave without being seen when care is delayed because of ED crowding. A researcher recently concluded that if patient volume is alleviated by just 10%, it significantly lowers the average patient’s chance of mortality.