If you find yourself in the intensive care unit of a hospital or clinic, a number of factors can affect your end result. How healthy you are, your age and the conditions you suffer from are all obvious factors, but new research shows that your height can play a role in whether you can cope or not.
New research published in Intensive care medicine suggests that higher patients tend to survive at a faster rate than shorter people. The study comes to the rather bold conclusion that low growth can actually be a risk factor if you find yourself in an intensive care unit.
In a cohort study, more than 400,000 cases from the UK were studied: 233,308 men and 184,070 women passed through the intensive care unit. After taking into account everything that could somehow distort the data, the team reduced the numbers and found that shorter people die more often in the intensive care unit with a significant margin.
“Hospital mortality decreased with growth; the projected mortality rate decreased from 24.1% to 17.1% for women and from 29.2% to 21.0% for men across the entire height range, ”the study explains. These are amazing numbers, but why does growth affect health outcomes so much?
“We cannot say exactly why this is happening,” Dr. Hannah Wunsch, co-author of the study, said in a statement. "It is assumed that everything we do with people can somehow be harmful to smaller patients."
Wunsch also noted that different mortality rates can be the result of different medical devices that cannot be customized for each patient. “Devices and tubes that put people in” are, as a rule, universal items that can limit efficiency or even harm a person who is too small for them.
It is still early, and the study will need further verification and confirmation before the practitioners have any reasons for a change, but if the statistics continue, then the hospitals may need to correct the situation a little.