Why Australian COVID-19 patients fared better in ICU than those overseas

For one thing, our ICUs have never been stretched to capacity, researchers say

Australian patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 have done relatively well, with an ICU mortality rate much lower than that reported in comparable countries such as the UK and US, a new study shows.

But despite escaping the worst of the pandemic so far, the findings highlight a “substantial” burden of the disease on Australian hospital resources, the researchers say.

The team led by intensivist Dr Aidan Burrell, from Monash University and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, analysed outcomes data from 204 patients (median