Scotland Changes Definition of COVID Hospitalization. Number Drops From 262 to 46
Scotland was inflating its actual Covid hospitalizations by 400%
Scotland had been counting anyone who had ever tested positive for COVID (even if it had been 6 months ago) as a COVID hospitalization:
Comparing the initial data, it’s clear to see the impact of the change. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 inpatients under the previous definition was 262 on Tuesday 15th September while the new definition included 48 patients. Of these, 7 were in ICU on the old basis, and 6 under the new definition. We will no longer collect the data on the original basis.
The plurality of their “COVID hospitalizations” (45%) were people who were infected in the hospital (but had already recovered from it). The next largest (25%) were patients who tested positive months ago and were now admitted for a completely unrelated reason:
The audit of inpatients identified 384 patients in hospital at 1am on 26 August across Scotland who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.
The majority of these patients (87%) were in hospital for a condition unrelated to COVID-19:
- 45% were hospital onset cases who were no longer being isolated or treated for COVID-19;
- 25% had recovered from COVID-19, been discharged and then readmitted for an unrelated condition;
- 9% had a previous positive COVID-19 test in the community, and were admitted for an unrelated reason
- 8% had been admitted for COVID-19, had recovered but were still in hospital for other reasons.
All these shocking mistakes and always only in one direction.