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The Risk of Hospitalization in COVID-19 Patients Can Be Predicted by Lung Ultrasound in Primary Care

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Balaguer Primary Care Center, Institut Català de la Salut (ICS), 25600 Lleida, Spain
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Department of Mathematics, Campus Cappont, University of Lleida, 25001 Lleida, Spain
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Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Lleida), Universitat de Lleida (UdL), 25198 Lleida, Spain
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Research Group in Therapies in Primary Care (GRETAPS), 25007 Lleida, Spain
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Research Support Unit Lleida, Fundació Institut Universitari per a la Recerca a l’Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), 25007 Lleida, Spain
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Onze de Setembre Primary Care Center, Institut Català de la Salut (ICS), Passeig Onze de Setembre, 25005 Lleida, Spain
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Academic Editors: Belchin Kostov, Luis González-de Paz and Antoni Sisó-Almirall
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 6083; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116083
Received: 28 April 2021 / Revised: 20 May 2021 / Accepted: 1 June 2021 / Published: 4 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Primary Healthcare)
Background: The usefulness of Lung Ultrasound (LUS) for the diagnosis of interstitial syndrome caused by COVID-19 has been broadly described. The aim of this study was to evaluate if LUS may predict the complications (hospital admission) of COVID-19 pneumonia in primary care patients. Methods: This observational study collects data from a cohort of 279 patients with clinical symptoms of COVID-19 pneumonia who attended the Balaguer Primary Health Care Area between 16 March 2020 and 30 September 2020. We collected the results of LUS scans reported by one general practitioner. We created a database and analysed the absolute and relative frequencies of LUS findings and their association with hospital admission. We found that different LUS patterns (diffuse, attenuated diffuse, and predominantly unilateral) were risk factors for hospital admission (p < 0.05). Additionally, an evolutionary pattern during the acute phase represented a risk factor (p = 0.0019). On the contrary, a normal ultrasound pattern was a protective factor (p = 0.0037). Finally, the presence of focal interstitial pattern was not associated with hospital admission (p = 0.4918). Conclusion: The lung ultrasound was useful to predict complications in COVID-19 pneumonia and to diagnose other lung diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, pulmonary embolism, chronic interstitial pneumopathy, pleuropericarditis, pneumonia or heart failure. View Full-Text
Keywords: primary health-care; hospitalization; assessment risk; ultrasound; lung interstitial disease; COVID-19 primary health-care; hospitalization; assessment risk; ultrasound; lung interstitial disease; COVID-19
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Martínez-Redondo, J.; Comas, C.; Pujol Salud, J.; Crespo-Pons, M.; García-Serrano, C.; Bravo, M.O.; Peruga, J.M.P. The Risk of Hospitalization in COVID-19 Patients Can Be Predicted by Lung Ultrasound in Primary Care. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6083. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116083

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Martínez-Redondo J, Comas C, Pujol Salud J, Crespo-Pons M, García-Serrano C, Bravo MO, Peruga JMP. The Risk of Hospitalization in COVID-19 Patients Can Be Predicted by Lung Ultrasound in Primary Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):6083. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116083

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Martínez-Redondo, Javier; Comas, Carles; Pujol Salud, Jesús; Crespo-Pons, Montserrat; García-Serrano, Cristina; Bravo, Marta O.; Peruga, Jose M.P. 2021. "The Risk of Hospitalization in COVID-19 Patients Can Be Predicted by Lung Ultrasound in Primary Care" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 11: 6083. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116083

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