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Neighborhood disparities in kids' cardiac surgery

from MedPage Today

Children who had cardiac surgery related to having congenital heart defects and lived in lower-income neighborhoods had a higher risk of mortality, a large retrospective study of hospital administrative data found. Those children who had cardiac surgery and were from the lowest-income neighborhoods had increased odds of mortality, as well as longer lengths of stay and higher standardized costs than children in the highest-income neighborhoods, reported Brett R. Anderson, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues. more

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