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Age discrimination may occur in ER

August 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A troubling study shows that when it comes to emergency medical care - patients might be the victim of age discrimination.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that many elderly trauma patients never make it to the best treatment centers.

They also found that the odds of being transported to a top trauma center drops first at age 50 and goes even lower if that patient is 70 or older.

Experts think emergency responders may have a subconscious age bias because they tend to opt for more aggressive care when the patient is younger.

 

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