Eighty-eight percent of patients treated at Northwell Health in New York died after being placed on a ventilator, according to a study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers studied the cases of 2,634 patients with COVID-19 in the New York City area who had either been discharged or died by April 4.
They found that 12.2 percent, or 320 patients, received invasive mechanical ventilation. The mortality rate for that group was 88.1 percent.
Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, includes Lenox Hill on the Upper East Side, the Staten Island University medical facilities and LIJ in Forest Hills and New Hyde Park.
“Of the patients who died, those with diabetes were more likely to have received invasive mechanical ventilation or care in the ICU compared with those who did not have diabetes,” the researchers wrote.
The study also found that less than one-third of the nearly 6,000 patients had a fever, one of the symptoms most closely associated with COVID-19, and patients with diabetes were more likely than those with other medical conditions – such as hypertension – to require the use of ventilator.
New York City has 145,855 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 11,267 deaths. Nearly 20,000 people have recovered.