Medical Harm: The Taxonomy You’ve Been Waiting For

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December 11, 2015


 What do hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), serious reportable events (SREs), healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and "never events" have in common? They're all forms of medical harm. Medical harm is far too common, affecting more than 8 million patients every year, causing more than 400,000 deaths and costing our nation more than $75 billion dollars. It's easy to engage consumers and policymakers around patient safety discussions but the lexicon can be very difficult to unravel.

This Hub webinar provided an in-depth discussion on the different forms of medical harm and a new graphic illustration of how these terms fit together.


Francois de Brantes, Healthcare Incentives Improvement Institute

Lisa McGiffert, Safe Patient Project, Consumers Union

Susan Smith, New Hampshire Voices for Health

Lynn Quincy, Healthcare Value Hub


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External Resources 

  • Patient Safety Activation Network Website