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Disambiguating Chinese hospitals reporting Covid-19 in pregnancy

April 13, 2020

Revised 16 April 2020. Details at foot of post*

The city of Wuhan has a population of 12M, about the same as London, and Hubei, the province in which it sits, 58M, about the same as the UK.  Sorting out the various hospitals and universities where reported cases of Covid-19 in pregnancy were treated is no easy matter, especially for non-Chinese speakers, and for papers where affiliation names have been translated in idiosyncratic ways.

But it needs to be done because some authors have submitted the same manuscripts to multiple journals, included previously reported cases in new case series without making this clear, or reported different aspects of the same cases in multiple papers (click here). The following list has been created from the primary sources listed here, using the disambiguator (click here) provided by the Global Research Identifier Database GRID (click here).  Hospitals in bold are those from which patients with Covid-19 in pregnancy have been reported. Study numbers refer to the primary sources listed here.

Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University (Study 1, 13). GRID ID grid.413247.7 No aliases.

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan grid.33199.31 has three affiliated hospitals.

Huazhong University of Science and Technology Hospital grid.488485.d It seems likely that this includes the Maternal & Child Hospital of Hubei Province (Studies 8, 17, 30 & 38) (see below).

Tongji Hospital (studies  11, 15) grid.412793.a

Wuhan Union Hospital (studies 2a, 2b, 2c, 5*, 6, ) grid.412839.5

First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University (study 3*) grid.412615.5 is in Guangzhou, a port city 1,000km south of Wuhan, near Hong Kong. See 16 April revision.*

First Affiliated Hospital Zhejiang University (studies 4 & 9)  grid.452661.2 Aliases Zheda Hospital, Zhejiang Provincial First Hospital. This is in the City of Hangzhou near Shanghai, about 700 km east of Wuhan

Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University (Studies 6a, 10, 12, 36, 37, 40) grid.412632.0 Aliases, People’s Hospital of Wuhan University, Hubei Provincial People’s Hospital, First Affiliated Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan University Renmin Hospital, Hubei General Hospital.

Eastern Hospital of Wuhan University People’s Hospital (Study 6a) is not listed on the GRID database. It is likely that this is an alias of Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University above.

Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital, Qingdao (Study 7) is not listed on the GRID database. However, Quingdao is a port city 1,100 km north east of Wuhan.

Wuhan Children’s Hospital, in Wuhan, (study 8) is not listed on the GRID database but disambiguates to Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan grid.33199.31 above. It seems likely to be an alias of the Maternal & Child Hospital of Hubei Province itself part of Huazhong University of Science and Technology Hospital.

Shenzhen 2nd People’s Hospital (study 16) is not listed on the GRID database. Shenzen is a city in the south of China near Hong Kong

Maternal & Child Hospital of Hubei Province, Tongji Medical College (Studies 17, 30 & 38) is not listed on the GRID database. However, according to Wikipedia it is the 10th clinical college/hospital associated with Tongji Medical College, which itself disambiguates to Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan grid.33199.31 (above). The Wikipedia link also goes to the same point on the map as Huazhong University of Science and Technology Hospital, in the City of Wuhan, but geographically distinct both from Tongji Hospital and from Wuhan Union Hospital. It seems likely that the Maternal & Child Hospital is part of Huazhong University of Science and Technology Hospital grid.488485.d.

Affiliated Infectious Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou grid.429222.d (Study 19). Suzhou is a city near Shanghai about 700 km east of Wuhan

Beijing YouAn Hospital (study 34) grid.414379.c

Central Hospital of Wuhan (Study 39) grid.440160.7

*Revision 16 April 2020

Patients included in studies 1 and 13 both came from Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University. This has been corrected.

The sources of the patients in Study 3 “patients admitted to hospitals outside of Wuhan […] 3 patients from Zhejiang, 3 from other cities of Hubei and 1 each from Fujian, Shanxi, Beijing, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang and Anhui”, and in Study 5 “mothers […] in 5 hospitals in Hubei from January 20 to February 5, 2020”, were misclassified as coming from a single hospital in the first version of this post.

Jim Thornton

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