COVID Patients With High BMI Face Longer ICU Stay and Increased Risk of Death


High BMI independently associated with death and longer ICU stay for COVID patients.

Obese patients (BMI >35 kg/m2) were twice as likely to experience a prolonged ICU stay or die, in a large Swedish cohort study.

In patients with Sahlgrenska Hospital

Sahlgrenska Hospital and the Sahlgrenska Academy. Credit: Johan Winborg, CC-BY 4.0

In the new study, Sjögren and colleagues analyzed data on 1,649 COVID-19 patients from the Swedish Intensive Care Registry, a national quality registry which covers all ICUs in Sweden. The patients included in the study were admitted to ICUs during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 6 and August 30, 2020, 96% had a positive PCR test for the

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