Periodic surges of COVID-19 patients seeking care in the hospital environment overwhelm systems reduce the availability of resources for treatment of non-COVID-19 cases (Zheng et al. in J Hosp Infect 106:325-329, 2020). Hospital flow and resource management could be greatly enhanced by differentiating patients who are likely at risk of adverse clinical outcomes from those who could safely be discharged after evaluation and managed outside of the hospital setting (Sun et al. in J Infect Dis 223:38-46, 2021). Herein, we propose a prognostic score named PEGALUS (Predictivity of Elderly age, arterial blood Gas Analysis and Lung UltraSound) that could potentially help clinicians properly and rapidly choose the appropriate allocation of COVID-19 patients admitted to the emergency department (ED).
PEGALUS: predictivity of elderly age, arterial gas analysis, and lung ultrasound. A new prognostic score for COVID-19 patients in the emergency department-an observational prospective study / Borio, Giorgia; Tentori, Stefano; Farolfi, Federica; Suma, Gloria Vanessa; Rienzo, Paola; D'Ambrosio, Annapaola; Citro, Marta; Antonini, Mariachiara; Maffi, Paola. - In: INTERNAL AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE. - ISSN 1828-0447. - (2022). [10.1007/s11739-022-03047-0]