ICU records confirm 2017 was the worst flu season
Hospital ICU records have confirmed that last year’s influenza season spawned an unprecedented level of life-threatening illness.
Intensivists say that during July, August and September of 2017, ICUs across Australia and New Zealand were inundated by patients with flu-related bacterial pneumonia, viral pneumonitis and sepsis.
During the peak in late September, these conditions accounted for 16% of all ICU admissions and more than one-quarter (26.5%) of all patient bed days.
Patients with sepsis accounted for more than half (53%) of flu-related ICU