Healthy Black Children Are 3.5x More Likely to Die 30 Days after Surgery


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Let’s talk more about racial disparity in our country.

It affects us in so many more ways than most people realize and recognize. Research recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics found healthy Black children are 3.5 times more likely to die within 30 days post-operation than their white counterparts.

The study looked at over 170,000 children from 2012 to 2017. The study’s conclusion writes, “Even among apparently healthy children, being African American is strongly associated with a higher risk of postoperative complications and mortality.”

Dr. Olubukola Nafiu, lead author of the study, pediatric anesthesiologist, and vice chair for academic affairs and research at Nationwide Children's Hospital wrote in a press release, “The expectation should be that complication rates and/or mortality among healthy children won't vary based on racial category — what we found is that they do.”

You can read the study itself - link is in the show notes, or I’ve also included an article from CNN digesting the information.

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