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VOLUME 24 , ISSUE 11 ( November, 2020 ) > List of Articles


A Retrospective Observational Study of Hypoxic COVID-19 Patients Treated with Immunomodulatory Drugs in a Tertiary Care Hospital

Vikram L Narasimhan, Gauri Oak, Amruta Bedekar, Harshwardhan S Pawar, Shailaja Chavan, Parikshit Prayag, Vishnu Telbhare, Dnyaneshwar Diwane, Shreyas Bhor

Citation Information : Narasimhan VL, Oak G, Bedekar A, Pawar HS, Chavan S, Prayag P, Telbhare V, Diwane D, Bhor S. A Retrospective Observational Study of Hypoxic COVID-19 Patients Treated with Immunomodulatory Drugs in a Tertiary Care Hospital. Indian J Crit Care Med 2020; 24 (11):1020-1027.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23599

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 15-02-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Objectives: To describe the demographics and evaluate the clinical outcomes of hypoxic coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) patients treated with different immunomodulatory (IM) drugs in a resource-limited setting. Materials and methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of these patients admitted to our hospital between March 22 and May 31, 2020. Data were abstracted from multiple electronic data sources or patient charts to provide information on patient characteristics, clinical, laboratory variables, and outcomes. Results: A total of 134 patients met the inclusion criteria and were followed up till June 7, 2020. The median age of the patients was 55.6 years (range 20–89 years) and 68% were men. At least one comorbidity was seen in 72% of the patients with diabetes (44%) and hypertension (46%) being the most common. At triage, fever (82%), shortness of breath (77%), and cough (61%) were the most common presenting symptoms. A PaO2/FiO2 ratio less than 300 was seen in 60%, and 4.5% required invasive mechanical ventilation within 72 hours of hospital admission. Five immunomodulatory agents (hydroxychloroquine, methylprednisolone, colchicine, etoricoxib, and tocilizumab) were administered in different combinations. Overall, in-hospital mortality was 26.9%, and 32% required mechanical ventilation. Around 69% of patients were discharged home. Five variables (SpO2, PaO2/FiO2 ratio, leucocytosis, lymphopenia, and creatinine) on admission were found to be significant in the patients who died. Conclusion: Our study provides the characteristics and outcomes of hypoxic COVID-19 patients treated with IM drugs in varied combination. Five independent variables were strong predictors of mortality.

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