Characteristics and Outcomes of US Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19

Ithan D. Peltan, MD, MSc; Ellen Caldwell, MS; Andrew J. Admon, MD, MPH, MSc; Engi F. Attia, MD, MPH; Stephanie J. Gundel, RD; Kusum S. Mathews, MD, MPH, MSCR; Alexander Nagrebetsky, MD, MSc; Sarina K. Sahetya, MD, MHS; Christine Ulysse, MS; Samuel M. Brown, MD, MS; Steven Y. Chang, MD, PhD; Andrew J. Goodwin, MD, MSc; Aluko A. Hope, MD, MSCE; Theodore J. Iwashyna, MD, PhD; Nicholas J. Johnson, MD; Michael J. Lanspa, MD; Lynne D. Richardson, MD; Kelly C. Vranas, MD, MCR; Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH; Rebecca M. Baron, MD; Benjamin A. Haaland, PhD; Douglas L. Hayden, PhD; B. Taylor Thompson, MD; Todd W. Rice, MD, MSc; Catherine L. Hough, MD, MSc


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Supplement 1 Supplementary methods.

COVID-19 Incidence Data

County-level COVID-19 incidence data was obtained from a database developed by the New York Times that was based on data from public health agencies using methods defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reporting aggregated cumulative counts of COVID-19 cases at the county level over time.1–3 Data were incorporated into a choropleth map also depicting the location of participating hospitals.

Multiple Imputation

For some patients, data were missing or unavailable for a subset of the prespecified candidate risk factors for mortality and/or respiratory failure. Before applying L1 (lasso) penalized regression,4–6 we therefore employed multiple imputation using chained equations to avoid bias in the resulting analysis.7–9 Multiple imputation ensures validity of inference if data is missing at random (missingness pattern and data values are independent conditional on observed data), the most general data-centric missing data assumption.10

Selection of Risk Factors for Inclusion in Multivariable Models

A team of experienced physicians, clinical researchers, and epidemiologists prespecified candidate risk factors for each outcome on the basis of reported association, plausibility, data availability (missingness < 20%), and clinical utility. We maintained a ratio of >10:1 outcome events to candidate risk factors to reduce instability in variable selection and estimation.11,12 Mortality and late-onset respiratory failure candidate risk factors were restricted to data available before or within 24 hours of hospital arrival (eg, highest heart rate in the first 24 hours). Candidate risk factors for early-onset respiratory failure included only data available before or at hospital arrival (eg, first-measured heart rate).

To select lasso tuning parameters λ, multiply imputed datasets were stacked and cross-validation was performed patient-wise.13–15 Analyses were based on 10 multiply imputed datasets and 10-fold cross-validation across 100 values of the tuning parameter. Each cross-validated model included a random effect for admission hospital.16 For each value of the tuning parameter, the average cross- validated area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) was calculated as the mean AUC across all iterations. The relationship between the tuning parameter and the associated models' average cross-validated AUC was smoothed via locally weighted regression (lowess) curves (Supplemental Figure 1),17 the highest average cross-validated AUC tuning parameter was identified, and the most parsimonious model with an average AUC within 1 standard deviation of the maximal average AUC was selected.18

Patient Inclusion in Risk Factor Analyses

For analysis of risk factors for mortality, we excluded patients (n = 10) suspected to have been moribund at presentation based on survival <24 hours from hospital arrival. To avoid misclassification of the outcome, evaluation of early respiratory failure risk factors excluded patients (n = 43) who were transferred to the study hospital from an inpatient unit of another hospital. Patients transferred from the emergency department of another hospital were included. Finally, analysis of late respiratory failure risk factors was restricted to patients (n = 1196) who did not die or develop respiratory failure within 24 hours of arrival at the study hospital.


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Supplement 2 PETAL Network Investigators and Collaborating Personnel

ALIGNE Clinical Center: Baystate Medical Center—Lori Kozikowski, Sherell Thornton-Thompson, Leslie de Souza, Sarah Romain, Cynthia Kardos; Brigham and Women's Hospital—Rebecca M Baron, Mayra Pinilla Vera, Antonio Arciniegas

BOSTON Clinical Center: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—Valerie Banner-Goodspeed, Marie McGourty, Lauren Kelly, Krystal Capers, Melisa Joseph; Massachusetts General Hospital—Kathryn Hibbert, Kelsey Brait, Natalie Pulido, Layla Rahimi, Anna Nicole Dartley; University of Mississippi Medical Center—Alan E. Jones, Rebekah Peacock, Utsav Nandi, James Galbraith, Kelsey Kunk Morgan; Hennepin County Medical Center—Paige DeVries, Brian Driver, Audrey Hendrickson, Michael Puskarich, Jamie Stang

CALIFORNIA Clinical Center: UCSF San Francisco—Kimberly Yee, Brian Daniel; UCLA—Nida Qadir, Steven Chang, Gregory Hendey, George Lim, Andrea Tam, Rebecca Beutler, Trisha Agarwal, Julia Vargas; Stanford University Hospital—Jonasel Roque, Rosemary Vojnik; UC Davis—Skyler J. Pearson; UCSF Fresno—Alyssa Hughes; University of Texas—Elizabeth Vidales

COLORADO Clinical Center: University of Colorado Hospital—Marc Moss*, Adit Ginde*, Carrie Higgins, Jeffrey McKeehan, Lani Finck, Michelle Howell, Jennifer Friedel; Denver Health Medical Center—Jason S. Haukoos, Ivor Douglas, Carolynn Lyle, Stephanie Gravitz, Terra Hiller, Judy Oakes, Alicia Cupelo; National Jewish Health I Saint Joseph's Hospital—James Finigan, Christine Griesmer

MICHIGAN Clinical Center: University of Michigan Medical Center—Robert C. Hyzy, Pauline K. Park, Kristine Nelson, Norman Olbrich, Kelli McDonough, Stephen Kay, Andrew Admon, Theodore J. Iwashyna; Henry Ford—Namita Jayaprakash, Emanuel P. Rivers, Jasreen Kaur Gill, Anja Kathrina Jaehne, Aaron Cook, Jennifer Swiderek, Jacqueline Day; Wayne State University—Robert Sherwin, James Wooden, Thomas Mazzocco, Jeffrey Harrison, Theodore Falcon

MONTEFIORE-SINAI Clinical Center: Montefiore Moses—Michelle Ng Gong*, Rahul Nair, Omowunmi Amosu, Hiwet Tzehaie, Ayesha Asghar, Aluko A. Hope, Jen-Ting (Tina) Chen; Montefiore Weiler—Brenda Lopez, Caroline Boyle, Tori Aspir, Alexandra Gordon, Bryan Musmacker; University of Arizona—Jarrod Mosier, Cameron Hypes, Elizabeth Salvaggio, Boris Gilson, Jonathan Blohm; Mt. Sinai Hospital—Lynne Richardson, Kusum Mathews, Maxime Centeno, Sam Acquah, Patrick Maher, Neha Goel, George Loo

OHIO Clinical Center: Cleveland Clinic Foundation—Abhijit Duggal, Omar Mehkri, Alexander King, Stuart Houltham; University of Cincinnati Medical Center—Kristin M. Hudock, Robert Duncan Hite*, Nicole Hummel, Jessica Anderson, Tammy Roads

PACIFIC NORTHWEST Clinical Center: Harborview Medical Center—Nicholas J Johnson, Bryce RH Robinson*, Anna Ungar, Sarah Katsandres, Stephanie Gundel; University of Washington—T. Eoin West, Natalie L Cobb, Lara Lovelace-Macon, Denisse Bazan Dow, Navya Garimelle, Ellen Caldwell, Engi Attia; Oregon Health and Science University—Catherine L Hough*, Akram Khan, Olivia Krol, Stephanie Nonas, Nicole Fontanese, Kelly Vranas; Swedish Hospital—Shane O'Mahony, Julie Wallick; Cedars Sinai Medical Center—Tanzira Zaman, Giuliana Cerro Chiang, June Choe, Lisa Herrera, Niree Hindoyan

PITTSBURGH Clinical Center: UPMC—Derek C. Angus, Donald M. Yealy, Elizabeth Gimbel, Denise Scholl, Sara DiFiore, Hunter Skroczky, Amy Magoun, Alexandra Weissman, David T. Huang; Temple University—George Souiarov, Hannah Reimer, Lillian Finlaw, Sarah Loughran

SOUTHEAST Clinical Center: Wake Forest Baptist Health—D. Clark Files, Chadwick Miller, Lauren Koehler; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center—Marjolein de Wit, Jessica Mason; Medical University of South Carolina—Andrew J. Goodwin, Abbey Grady, Katie Kirchoff; University of Virginia—Jeff Sturek, Mary Marshall

UTAH: Intermountain Medical Center—Samuel Brown*, Ithan Peltan, Julia Bryan, Jason Jacobs, Brent Armbruster, Joseph Bledsoe*, Rebecca Roper, Michael Lanspa; University of Utah Hospital—Estelle S. Harris, Lisa J. Weaver, Macy A.G. Barrios, Lindsey J. Waddoups, Ann M. Lyons, Robert Paine III, Benjamin A. Haaland

VANDERBILT Clinical Center: Duke University Medical Center—John Eppensteiner, Grace Hall, Andrew Bouffler, Lauren McGowan, Sam Francis, Bria Hall; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center—Bennet deBoisblanc, Paula Lauto, Connie Romaine, Marie Sandi; Vanderbilt University Medical Center—Todd W. Rice*, Wesley H. Self*, Margaret Hays, Megan Roth, Jakea Johnson

Clinical Coordinating Center: Massachusetts General Hospital Biostatistics Center (CCC)—David A. Schoenfeld*, B. Taylor Thompson*, Douglas L. Hayden, Nancy Ringwood, Cathryn Oldmixon, Christine Ulysse, Richard Morse, Ariela Muzikansky, Laura Fitzgerald, Samuel Whitaker, Alexander Nagrebetsky

Johns Hopkins Medicine: Roy G. Brower, Sarina Sahetya

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Lora Reineck, Neil Aggarwal, Karen Bienstock, Michelle Freemer, Myron Maclawiw, Gail Weinmann

Protocol Review Committee: Laurie J. Morrison, Mark N. Gillespie, Richard J. Kryscio, Wojciech Zareba, Anne Rompalo, Michael Boeckh

Data and Safety Monitoring Board: Polly Parsons, Jason D. Christie, Jesse R. Hall, Nicholas J. Horton, Laurie S. Zoloth, Neal Dickert Jr, Deborah Diercks

*Clinical Center or CCC Principal Investigator.