COVID-19 patients are leaving hospitals in ‘worse physical condition’ than they arrived – Study Finds

 It’s safe to say most people can agree hospitals are places where people go to feel better. During the coronavirus pandemic however, a new study reveals about half of all COVID patients are actually leaving hospitals in worse shape than when they entered. In another case of COVID “long-hauler” side-effects, a team from Michigan Medicine says around 45 percent of patients who survive the virus exit the hospital with significantly less physical function.

“Rehabilitation needs were really, really common for these patients,” says pediatric physiatrist Alecia K. Daunter, M.D., in a university release. “They survived, but these people left the hospital in worse physical condition than they started. If they needed outpatient therapy or are now walking with a cane, something happened that impacted their discharge plan.”

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2 thoughts on “COVID-19 patients are leaving hospitals in ‘worse physical condition’ than they arrived – Study Finds”

  1. If we’re talking about current patients, this would be a major concern. If we’re talking about patients discharged during the height of the crisis, when beds were in short supply and nursing/rehab centers were restricted, this had to be expected.

    1. Not sure but within last six months so it could be a mix. I’ll keep looking and we shall see in another 6 months – and it could have a lot to do with country of care or variant – we will see.

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