Determinants of Outcome Among Critically Ill Police Personnel With COVID-19: A Retrospective Observational Study From Andhra Pradesh, India
Background and Aims: Police personnel have been key frontline workers throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. This study was conducted to assess the correlates and outcomes of critically ill police personnel. Methods: This retrospective observational study analyzed key parameters of hospitalized police personnel who were critically ill with COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh, India, between June and October 2020. Survival was analyzed for correlation with body mass index, ABO/Rh blood group, co-morbidities, treatment (oxygen therapy, prone positioning, mechanical ventilation, remdesivir, Ivermectin, oral and nasal topical povidoneiodine). We also performed Cox proportional hazard analysis with relevant function plots. Results: The majority of the 266 patients were male (n = 259; 97.4%) and obese (75.2%). The overall mortality of patients was 38% (n = 101). COVID-19 mortality increased significantly with age (p = 0.019) and BMI (p = 0.030) in the bivariate analysis. There was no significant difference between blood group (p = 0.297), comorbidity (p = 0.582) and COVID-19 outcome. Multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of the risk factors for COVID-19 mortality were males (HR 4.89, 95% CI: 1.020-23.430) and ventilator therapy (HR 7.5, 95% CI: 4.527-12.296). The protective factors were symptom onset to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) report interval (HR 0.36, 95% CI: 0.158-0.814), prone positioning (HR 0.43, 95% CI: 0.197-0.915), and use of povidone iodine (HR 0.43; 95% CI: 0.273-0.692). Conclusion: COVID-19 mortality among critically ill hospitalized police personnel was reduced by time to diagnostic test result, prone positioning, and povidone-iodine use and increased with male gender and mechanical ventilation.
Additional Information Disclosures Human subjects: Consent was obtained or waived by all participants in this study. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh issued approval IEC-AIIMS/Mangalagiri/2020-21/40. The committee after critical review and discussion of the documents approved the Research Study in All India institute Of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri vide IEC-AIIMS/Mangalagiri/2020-21/40 dated 12.06.2021. Animal subjects: All authors have confirmed that this study did not involve animal subjects or tissue.
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