Higher inpatient death rates from sepsis seen among blacks and Hispanics may be associated with hospital characteristics, according to new AHRQ research. A study published in Critical Care Medicineestimated sepsis mortality rates between 2004 and 2013 using data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. It found that after adjusting for hospital characteristics, sepsis mortality rates (which are falling overall) were similar in 2013 for white, black and Hispanic patients. However, sepsis mortality rates remained elevated for Asian/Pacific Islanders and patients classified as belonging to “other” racial/ethnic groups. Hospital characteristics that affected mortality included status as teaching, critical access or safety-net hospitals; urban or rural location; ownership status; and size. Access the abstract.
Crit Care Med. 2017 Sep 12. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002699. [Epub ahead of print]
Racial Disparities in Sepsis-Related In-Hospital Mortality: Using a Broad Case Capture Method and Multivariate Controls for Clinical and Hospital Variables, 2004-2013.
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