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Steroids Confirmed to Help Severely Ill COVID-19 Patients

Steroids Confirmed to Help Severely Ill COVID-19 Patients

In patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the use of dexamethasone resulted in lower 28-day mortality among those who were receiving either invasive mechanical ventilation or oxygen alone at randomization but not among those receiving no respiratory support.

A total of 2,104 patients were assigned to receive dexamethasone and 4321 to receive usual care.

Overall, 482 patients (22.9%) in the dexamethasone group and 1110 patients (25.7%) in the usual care group died within 28 days after randomization.

The proportional and absolute between-group differences in mortality varied considerably according to the level of respiratory support that the patients were receiving at the time of randomization.

In the dexamethasone group, the incidence of death was lower than that in the usual care group among patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation and among those receiving oxygen without invasive mechanical ventilation but not among those who were receiving no respiratory support at randomization.

CriticalCare.news
September 2, 2020

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