When you land in the intensive care unit of a hospital or clinic, there are a number of things that can affect the bottom line. How healthy you are, how old you are and how the conditions you suffer are obvious, but a new study suggests that your height may play a role in whether or not you can get through it.
New research published in Intensive Care Medicine suggests that larger patients tend to survive faster than shorter individuals. The study comes to a rather bold result, since stunted growth can actually be a risk factor for the intensive care unit.
The cohort study examined a total of over 400,000 cases from the UK, with 233,308 men and 184,070 women who passed through an intensive care unit in the hospital. After considering everything that could distort the data in one way or another, the team collided with the numbers, noting that shorter ICU people die by a considerable margin.
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"We can not say with certainty why this is so," said Dr. Hannah Wunsh, co-author of the study statement. "It's speculative that whatever we do to people can in a sense be harmful to patients who are smaller."
Wish also pointed out that the different mortality rates may be due to different medical devices, for which this is not possible any patient "devices and tubes that are put into humans" are usually a just in case Element that may limit the effectiveness or harm a person who is too small for them.
It is still too early, and the study will require further action verification and confirmation before the ICU ICUs have a reason to change, but if the statistics hold, it might be time for hospitals to change things a bit ,