The IHF, under the direction of Dr. Anselm Gitt, has been conducting the first clinical registry studie in Germany on COVID-19 patients treated in hospitals and clinics since April, with financial support from the Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition, a capacity registry is maintained in which the COVID-19 patient numbers in normal and intensive care units are reported daily.The Rhineland-Palatinate COVID-19 Register gives the ministry an overview of the utilized and available capacities in hospitals and clinics in the state. A total of 274 COVID-19 patients undergoing inpatient treatment were documented. The mean age of the patients was 64 years, almost 80% of the patients were older than 50 years, 59% were men. The inpatient treatment lasted on average 15 days. About 20% of the 274 patients had to be treated and ventilated by intensive care, 7% of them received support by a heart-lung machine. The average duration of ventilation was 16.5 days. The mortality rate of inpatients with COVID-19 infection was 17.6%, more than half of whom died of lung failure. In addition, additional bacterial infections, blood clotting disorders with embolisms and cardiovascular complications contributed to mortality. From these data collected for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, a cautious and rather conservative-underestimating prognosis of the expected additional inpatient COVID-19 patients can be calculated. It is estimated that 6.8% of COVID-19 infected patients require in-patient treatment during the course of their infection, of which 21.8% require intensive care. If the number of corona infections remains the same, Dr. Gitt expects another 1.400 COVID-19 patients to be treated in hospitals and clinics by mid-December, of which 300 patients will require intensive medical care. The data from the RLP capacity register thus show a correlation of COVID-19 patients requiring inpatient treatment with the new infection figures according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Together with the information from the DIVI registry and the daily updated RKI data, it can now be used to make a cautious, conservative prognosis of COVID-19 patients requiring inpatient and intensive care treatment for the whole of Germany, which is to be expected in the further course of the pandemic.
Link to the press release of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Demography: German only