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‘Silently Harmed’ White Papers Now Released!

Silently Harmed - Hospital Medical Errors in the HeartlandToday, Heartland Health Research Institute (HHRI), a nonprofit Iowa organization established last Fall, has released a family of white papers, Silently Harmed – Hospital Medical Errors in the Heartland©.

A new state-specific report was released in Iowa and in each of its six neighboring states estimating the number of hospitalized patients who are seriously- or fatally-harmed annually due to largely unreported or under-reported preventable medical errors.

The seven individual ‘Silently Harmed’ white papers cover the following states:

  1. Illinois
  2. Iowa
  3. Minnesota
  4. Missouri
  5. Nebraska
  6. South Dakota
  7. Wisconsin

The eighth report, ‘Hospital Medical Errors in the Heartland,’ combines the statistics of all seven states within one report.

Using credible, national estimates on the prevalence of preventable adverse events (PAEs), HHRI reports state-specific estimates for the number of patients harmed in hospitals. In addition to estimating patients harmed both seriously and fatally, the report suggests the social costs of patients harmed can range from $1 billion to $24 billion annually, just in Iowa. This estimate greatly varies by each Heartland state.

Thanks largely to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, we know that care-quality varies widely in different parts of the country, state and even across town. Due to the subjective nature of assigning quality ratings to each state, the report does not make assumptions about quality of care in Iowa or any other Heartland state when estimating the number of patients harmed in hospitals.

Until the release of these reports, the discussion concerning the number of preventable medical errors was generally focused on national estimates, with scant estimates being allocated at the state level.

In addition to the state reports, HHRI has developed state-specific infographics that summarize key data from the ‘Silently Harmed’ white papers.

To learn more about the ‘Silently Harmed’ reports and infographics, in addition to information about HHRI, please visit our new HHRI website.

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