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Ir Med J ; 115(5): 599, 2022 05 25.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1888056


Aims To describe readmissions of hospitalised patients with COVID-19, define predictors of readmission and explore the long term outcomes using the SF-12 score compared to patients who were not readmitted and those not hospitalised. Methods A single centre retrospective in North Inner-City Dublin. Recruitment was done through a COVID follow up clinic. Predictors of readmission and SF-12 scores at two timepoints post follow up at median 3 months and 12 months. Results Seventy (45%) participants were admitted, with a median age of 49.5 years (IQR 41.3-56.9), 36(51%) of whom were female. Unscheduled readmissions at ≤30 days in COVID-19 patients were 9(12.9%) and length of stay was four days (IQR 2-5). Readmissions were due to ongoing symptoms(n=9(64.3%)) or new complications(n=5(35.7%)). Mechanical ventilation and having symptoms of nausea and vomiting on index admission were predictive of readmission. (p=0.002). SF-12 scores at one year of readmitted patients were not different to patients who were never admitted at median one year follow up, p=.089. Conclusions Most readmissions were of short duration. Early follow up of patients post MV or who had nausea and vomiting on index admission should be prioritised. Wellbeing of readmitted patients was not different to those never hospitalised, at one year.

COVID-19 , Adult , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Nausea , Patient Readmission , Retrospective Studies , Risk Factors , Vomiting