Trauma Patients Who Use Cannabis Less Likely To Die In Hospital: Study

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A study conducted by the University of Arizona and published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery has found trauma patients who enter the hospital having used cannabis are less likely to die in-hospital than their age-matched controls. Researchers observed the in-hospital mortality rates of 2,678 adults in the intensive care unit, of which 1,339 were cannabis positive and 1,339 are cannabis negative, over a five year period. They found those who tested positive upon arrival were less likely to die while hospitalized.

Researchers explained, “Patients with a positive marijuana screen had a lower mortality rate (5.3 percent versus 8.9 percent) compared to patients with a negative marijuana screen… Prospective studies with long-term follow up will be useful in answering many of the remaining questions surrounding the specific impact of marijuana on outcomes after trauma.” This information supports previous finding surrounding cannabis and the likelihood of in-hospital survival.

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