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Hospital Cardiac Arrests (IHCA) are catastrophic and often incurable events. Despite investments in improving the quality of resuscitation efforts, less than 25% of all patients who experience cardiac arrest in hospitals survive to discharge, and survival varies significantly by hospital and race. So far only a few reasons have been able to give reasons for the differences between hospitals.

A new study from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) is the first of its kind to describe the relationship between medical-surgical nurse staff and their association with racial differences in survival according to IHCAs. This suggests that black patients are less likely to survive after IHCA than white patients in hospitals with poor and well-staffed staff. The difference in survival resulting from better staffing is more pronounced in black patients than in white patients.

“Nursing in hospitals with better medical / surgical staff affects black patients more than white patients, and differences in survival to discharge from IHCA between black and white patients are more pronounced in hospitals with poor staff than in hospitals – occupied hospitals, “said J. Margo Brooks Carthon, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing and lead author of the study. “The results are consistent with a growing body of studies suggesting that differences in hospital settings may be related to variations in the quality of care in the settings in which black patients are cared for.”

The study enrolled more than 14,000 patients in 75 US hospitals. The article, “Better staffing of nurses is linked to black patient survival and reduces racial disparities in hospital cardiac arrest survival,” is due for publication in Medical Care magazine.

Lower long-term hospital cardiac arrest survival in blacks Provided by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing

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