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Critical care survival rates in COVID-19 patients improved as the first wave of the pandemic developed
  1. Meghan L Bateson1,
  2. Joanne M McPeake2
  1. 1 School of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Renfrewshire, UK
  2. 2 School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glagsow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Meghan L Bateson, School of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Blantyre, Renfrewshire, UK; meghan.bateson{at}

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Commentary on: Dennis JM, McGovern AP, Vollmer SJ, et al. Improving survival of critical care patients with coronavirus disease 2019 in England: a National cohort study, March to June 2020. Crit Care Med 2021;49:209–14

Implications for practice and research

  • It is essential that clinicians understand the evolving outcomes of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in order to improve services and undertake further, targeted research.

  • In parallel with research evaluating the treatment of COVID-19, future research must address the impact of care delivery and organisation on patient-centred outcomes.


During the first 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic affected more than 87 million individuals worldwide and caused almost 2 million deaths.1 Over the course of the first wave of the pandemic, UK national data suggested that there may be an improvement in survival for those patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19.2 However, measurement issues such as increased testing capacity, and changes in …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.