Sumary of Black patients more likely to experience hospital-acquired injury or illness:
- July 20, 2021 2 min read Source/Disclosures Source: Press Release Disclosures: Shah is an employee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Back to Healio Black adults had a higher rate of hospital-acquired injuries or illnesses than white adults who were treated at the same hospitals, an analysis showed.
- “No studies have examined within-hospital differences in patient safety indicators between Black and white patients broadly across many states and hospitals and after implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s main provisions in 2014,” Anuj Gangopadhyaya, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, and colleagues wrote in the report.
- The analysis included state inpatient databases for 2,347 hospitals in 26 states.
- Four measures of general patient safety were assessed: rates of pressure ulcers, iatrogenic pneumothoraxes, central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections and in-hospital falls with hip fracture.
- Gangopadhyaya and colleagues reported that in six of the 11 measures analyzed, Black patients experienced significantly worse patient safety outcomes compared with white patients in the same age group, of the same sex and in the same hospital.
- Among Black patients, adverse safety events related to the surgical measures occurred more frequently than the general patient safety measures.
- Compared with white adults, Black adults had higher rates of pressure ulcers (1.19 vs.