The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts
The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts poses the question of Congressional district safety not in regard to a representative’s political health in an election year, but in relation to the risk to physical health of constituents. In what is believed to the first analysis of its kind, the report found that in each Congressional district ranked “poor” on safety, preventable medical errors cause an average of 553 deaths and 4,148 injuries annually. In districts rated “fair,” the average annual toll was 469 deaths and 3,518 injuries each year, and in “good” districts, it was 385 deaths and 2,888 injuries.
Source: Safe Districts
Date of Publication: Oct. 2014