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But you seem to be suggesting that we ignore skin color as a relevant factor, despite the data, out of a belief that any correlations drawn from that data must be distorted to further a political agenda.

The article presents what appears to be a plausible, evidence-based hypothesis as to why skin color in particular (not exclusive of other factors) might lead to inaccurate results for dark-skinned people. It then mentions studies done to either confirm or reject this hypothesis, and that the results seemed to confirm it. They link to a follow-up study done here[0].

You're only giving vague, general dismissals. If you believe the conclusions reached are in error, what evidence do you have that pulse oximeters are not affected by skin color?


I don't think the conclusions are in error. It's reasonably well known among medical professionals that skin color affects pulse-ox readings. It is also true that sweaty hands or low iron levels will cause incorrect pulse-ox readings.

I'm also not suggesting we ignore skin color as a relevant factor. I'm taking issue with the idea that everything that involves skin color is evidence of bias or other more malicious underlying causes.

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