Hospital admissions unrelated to COVID-19 have partially rebounded, study finds

Scientist theorized the declines might have partly been due to a fear of becoming contaminated, increased use of telemedicine and potentially lower transmission rates of diseases unassociated to the coronavirus after state stay-at-home orders.

They concluded that “Health system leaders and public health authorities need to focus on efforts to make sure that clients with intense medical health problems can obtain healthcare facility care as required during the pandemic to prevent unfavorable outcomes.”.

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Researchers from Sound Physicians and Hanover, N.H.-based Dartmouth College said they took a look at admissions unassociated to the coronavirus for 20 severe medical conditions from early February through early July and found that these admissions fell in March and reached 43 percent below pre-pandemic basedline in April.

In late June and early July, admissions unrelated to the coronavirus were substantially lower for patients in majority-Hispanic communities (32 percent listed below the pre-pandemic standard) and were still listed below baseline for pneumonia patients (44 percent), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/asthma (40 percent) and sepsis (25 percent), according to the study.

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U.S. healthcare facility admissions that are not connected to COVID-19 have partially rebounded since the pandemics start, but they stay low for clients in majority-Hispanic neighborhoods, according to a new study in Health Affairs.

Updated information suggests admissions stayed about the very same level through the summertime, the scientists stated.

The study analyzed information from 1 million healthcare facility admissions from Sound Physicians, a large nationally representative medical group. The data is from more than 200 hospitals in 36 states, consisting of New York, Michigan, Washington and Ohio.

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Learn more about the study here.