Infection rate and acute organ dysfunction risk as explanations for racial differences in severe sepsis.

@article{Mayr2010InfectionRA,
  title={Infection rate and acute organ dysfunction risk as explanations for racial differences in severe sepsis.},
  author={Florian B. Mayr and Sachin Yende and Walter T. Linde-Zwirble and Octavia M. Peck-Palmer and Amber E Barnato and Lisa A. Weissfeld and Derek C. Angus},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2010},
  volume={303 24},
  pages={2495-503}
}
CONTEXT Severe sepsis, defined as infection complicated by acute organ dysfunction, occurs more frequently and leads to more deaths in black than in white individuals. The optimal approach to minimize these disparities is unclear. OBJECTIVE To determine the extent to which higher severe sepsis rates in black than in white patients are due to higher infection rates or to a higher risk of acute organ dysfunction. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Analysis of infection-related hospitalizations… CONTINUE READING