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Pulse Oximeters are Less Accurate in Black Children

April 13, 2022

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Presented by Health Lab

New research from a team at Michigan Medicine and the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital confirms racial disparities in the accuracy of pulse oximeters among pediatric patients. Pulse oximeters are used extensively in the health care setting to gauge a patient’s blood oxygen levels and triage patients for therapy. The results call for more research into potential health outcomes impacted by racial differences in pulse oximeter accuracy.

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