As reported, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has been supporting and financing a COVID-19 register initiated by IHF since April 2020 on the capacity and care situation in hospitals, combined with the observation of disease progression in inpatients with COVID-19. A second evaluation of the collected data has now taken place: A total of 706 COVID-19 inpatients were documented. The mean age of the patients was 66 years, 55 percent were men. The inpatient treatment lasted an average of 15 days. The mortality rate of all inpatients with COVID-19 infection is around 17 percent, mainly caused by lung failure. In the case of intensive care treatment during the inpatient stay (25.6% of all inpatients), mortality rises to 36 percent. With regard to patients requiring mechanical ventilation, mortality is reported at more than 50 per cent. The data collected for Rhineland-Palatinate within the framework of the COVID 19 capacity register attest to a high burden on hospitals. During the second wave of the pandemic in January, the number of inpatients requiring treatment increased daily by up to 1100 patients, analogous to the new infections with SARS-CoV-2 in Rhineland-Palatinate. The dangers posed by a COVID-19 infection, especially for older people, are clearly highlighted by the results of the registry. However, there are also severe and sometimes fatal courses of the disease in younger patients.
Link to the press release of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Demography: German only