COVID-19 tied to higher risk of barotrauma in ventilated patients

But one ICU doctor treating coronavirus patients says findings need replication

COVID-19 infection is associated with a higher risk of barotrauma during invasive mechanical ventilation, according to a retrospective study.

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US doctors analysed clinical and imaging data from 601 COVID-19 patients (mean age 63, 71% men) in March and April who required invasive mechanical ventilation.

They compared this group to patients without COVID-19 during the same period and to a historical cohort of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) from 2016-20.