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Higher post-surgery mortality risk found among black youths

Black children had a 2.22 odds ratio of dying within 30 days after surgery due to more prevalent and more dangerous perioperative risk factors -- such as ventilation, oxygen support, neonatal status, wound infection and blood transfusion -- compared with white children, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings also showed that post-surgery mortality risk was more accurately predicted by race-specific models, compared with models that weren't race-specific.

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