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A study recently found that overweight and obese children fared worse in pediatric ICUs than children of a healthy weight. In fact, these children could be up to be 57% more likely to die in a pediatric ICU, as increasing weight tends to lead to an increasing risk of death. Fortunately, all children within the pediatric ICU had an overall low death rate of 2.5% during treatment.
Hospitals are not sure if these findings are a result of mismatched dosing procedures, equipment, or excess weight. More research is needed to better understand these relationships.
These findings were published in Pediatrics on February 16, 2016.