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Obesity lengthens hospital stay for swine flu patients

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Obesity may not increase mortality rates among swine flu (H1N1) patients but they may have longer critical care and hospital stays, according to Spanish researchers.

They compared mortality rates and hospital/ICU resource consumption in 150 swine flu patients who were obese and 266 who were not.

Obese patients were supported by mechanical ventilation longer and had longer lengths of stay.

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