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Penn Study Shows Outcomes of Critically Ill COVID Patients Improved Consistently During the Pandemic

Despite unchanging patient characteristics and severity of COVID-19, mortality rates for critically ill patients treated in the ICU for the virus progressively declined over time during the first surge of the pandemic, according to researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study suggests that clinicians and hospital staff rapidly improved their approach to managing the novel disease even before widespread use of evidence-based medications. The findings are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.