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The Second- vs First-wave COVID-19: More of the Same or a Lot Worse? A Comparison of Mortality between the Two Waves in Patients Admitted to Intensive Care Units in Nine Hospitals in Western Maharashtra

Priya Ranganathan, Sayi Prasad, Zafer Khan Amanulla, Vatsal Kothari, Sourabh Ambapkar, Shrikant Shastrabuddhe, Vinod Gosavi, Mukund Joshi, Bindu Mulakavalupil, Charlotte Saldhanah, Saanvi Ambapkar, Madhura Bapte, Anmol Zirpe, Gowri Sayiprasad, Ameya Joshi

Keywords : Comorbidities, COVID-19, First wave, ICU mortality, Second wave, Ventilatory support

Citation Information : Ranganathan P, Prasad S, Amanulla ZK, Kothari V, Ambapkar S, Shastrabuddhe S, Gosavi V, Joshi M, Mulakavalupil B, Saldhanah C, Ambapkar S, Bapte M, Zirpe A, Sayiprasad G, Joshi A. The Second- vs First-wave COVID-19: More of the Same or a Lot Worse? A Comparison of Mortality between the Two Waves in Patients Admitted to Intensive Care Units in Nine Hospitals in Western Maharashtra. Indian J Crit Care Med 2021; 25 (12):1343-1348.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24042

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 17-12-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Background: India, along with the rest of the world, faced the challenging severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. The second wave in India lagged behind that in the Western world, due to different timing of seasons. There is scarce data about the differences between the two waves, for intensive care unit (ICU) patients. We present the data of 3,498 patients from 9 ICUs of western Maharashtra. Materials and methods: We collected prospective data of hospitalized, RT-PCR confirmed, coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) patients, from nine tertiary centers, after institutional ethics committee (IEC) approval. Then, we segregated and analyzed the data of patients admitted to the ICU, for comorbidities, high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) score, ventilatory support, etc. The primary outcomes were ICU and hospital mortality. We also performed multivariable analysis for predictors of ICU mortality. Results: Overall, there were 3,498 ICU patients. In the first wave, 1,921 patients needed ICU admission, while in the second wave, 1,577 patients. Patients in the second wave had significantly higher ICU (26.1 vs 13.4%, p <0.001) and hospital mortality (29.9 vs 18.2%, p <0.001) and need for ventilatory support of any type. More patients received steroids during the second wave. On multivariable regression, male gender, ICU admission during the second wave, increasing HRCT score, and need for intubation and mechanical ventilation were significant predictors of ICU mortality. Conclusion: ICU patients admitted during the two waves were of the similar age, but there were more females, and more patients had comorbidities during the second wave. The ICU and hospital mortality were significantly higher during the second wave.

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