Thursday, September 17, 2009

Black patients are less likely to survive cardiac arrest

"Black hospital patients are far less likely to survive cardiac arrest than white patients, new research shows. And the reason in many cases is that black patients usually go to the hospitals that do the poorest job resuscitating patients. Just 25.2 percent of black patients who suffered cardiac arrest while they were hospitalized left the hospital alive, according to a study published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association. That compares with 37.4 percent of white patients who survived - a difference of 48 percent" - AZ Star

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