Michael Millenson, President, Health Quality Advisors, writes:
Working with data analytics colleagues, I've produced a report on safest Congressional districts looking not at political safety (whose seat is secure) but the physical safety of constituents getting care at hospitals in that district.
We used 20 different measures to rank each district, seven of which were measures of infection control or prevention and divided districts into good, fair and poor. Using the most conservative and evidence-based estimates, we translated those results to the political environment. We found that 59 House districts were less safe than the norm and 114 districts were safer, with measurable consequences. (I also took a look at the home districts of Obama, Biden, McConnell and Reid, plus House leadership.)
In each Congressional district ranked “poor” on safety, preventable medical errors cause an average of 553 deaths and 4,148 injuries annually; in “fair” districts, the average toll of preventable harm is 469 deaths and 3,518 injuries each year; and in “good” districts, preventable errors cause an average of 385 deaths and 2,888 injuries each year. Put differently, on average 14 more individuals die every month and 105 are injured in hospitals in districts rated “poor” on safety than in those rated “good.” Even in “good” districts, however, at least one individual dies unnecessarily every day and another eight are harmed. We also looked at Republican versus Democrat: when it comes to patient safety, there is no red America or blue America, only the United States of America: there was no difference between the parties.
You can look at the report, and your district, at www.safedistricts.com.
Did laxity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in eliminating central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), which are caused by hospitals, leave the way open for infection control lapses that are hurting the Ebola fight?
Oh: the Congressional district in which Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is located scored "poor." In addition, the only two districts of 436 (including DC) we could not rate, because their hospitals did not report enough information, were in Texas.
Both of these, by the way, are anchored in the medical literature, although the blog post has links, not footnotes. :-)
Hope you find this useful in your own good works.