To the Editor: In their cohort study, Dr Chan and colleagues1 examined the disparity in outcomes after in-hospital cardiac arrest on the basis of race. Reduced survival to hospital discharge for black patients was associated with lower rates of resuscitation and postresuscitation survival. Although 93% of the postresuscitation outcome difference is explained by hospital center effects and clinical characteristics, these features only explain half the difference in resuscitation rate.
Dezfulian C, Cobas M, Pretto E. Race and Survival After Cardiac Arrest. JAMA. 2010;303(2):130-131. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1966