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Gender- and race-based utilization and outcomes of pulmonary artery catheterization in the setting of full-time intensivist staffing.
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PMID:  23215747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Little is known regarding gender- or race-based differences in critical care. We investigated whether gender or race was associated with pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) utilization or with in-hospital death among patients with a PAC. A particular focus was patients with cardiogenic shock (CS), in whom guidelines recommend PAC use. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort analysis from the coronary care unit of a large tertiary-care hospital staffed with full-time cardiac intensivists. Results: We analyzed 8845 consecutive adult patients, of whom 42.1% were women and 40.8% were black. PAC use rates were 11.3% in women and 11.5% in men (P = 0.79), and 11.3% in blacks and 11.5% in whites (P = 0.76). In CS patients, PAC use rates in women and men were 50.3% and 49.1% (P = 0.85) and in blacks and whites were 43.7% and 53.3% (P = 0.05). There was no independent association between gender or race and PAC use overall or in those with CS. Neither gender nor race was a predictor of in-hospital death in patients undergoing PAC. Conclusions: PAC use and in-hospital death were determined not by gender or race but by disease severity. Full-time intensivist staffing and the presence of definitive guidelines may reduce gender- and race-based treatment disparities.
Micaela Iantorno; Julio A Panza; Nakela L Cook; Samantha Jacobs; Mary Beth Ritchey; Kathryn O'Callaghan; Daniel Caños; Howard A Cooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acute cardiac care     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1748-295X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acute Card Care     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101276603     Medline TA:  Acute Card Care     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Washington Hospital Center , Washington DC , USA.
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