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Why does sepsis occur more often in non-white populations?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Multiple causes: It is not clear exactly what the cause is (higher rates of uninsured, poorer/overburdened hospitals in the areas that serve them, indifference or racism by physicians/hospital staff, poorer self care and more reluctance to use the healthcare system, poorer overall health). Its likely that all of those play a role.
Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 25 years experience
Multiple variables: There are a number of possible explanations for this including genetic predisposition, access to health care, community exposure to resistant bacteria, and racial disparity in certain co-morbid conditions such as renal disease, hiv, cancer, alcohol abuse, and diabetes. All of these impact the rate of sepsis in populations.

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