Twice as many Black COVID patients deemed lowest priority in ICU triage system – CIDRAP – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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A crisis-standards-of-care (CSOC) scoring system used to triage COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) patients assigned twice the proportion of Black patients as other patients to the lowest-priority group, finds a modeling study published yesterday in JAMA Network Open.

During the pandemic, health systems developed CSOC scoring systems to prioritize the allocation of scarce resources such as ventilators. While the Massachusetts Department of Health published and then revised guidelines for COVID-related resource rationing, and Beth Israel preemptively scored patients to prepare for shortages, resources remained adequate, and allocation didn’t occur. This study is an analysis of that data.

A team led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers analyzed the link between the CSOC scoring system with estimated ex

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