After finding a small lump on her breast, Sandra Kaus completed a mammogram and was told if she did not hear back, all was well. One year later, she would face a devastating delayed diagnosis caused by an initial testing oversight.
2020-2021 Fellows in Diagnostic
SIDM is proud to announce seven new Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence. The 2020-2021 awardees will work on innovative projects focused on improving diagnostic quality and safety.
After giving birth to twins and undergoing a hysterectomy, Sarah Kiehl experienced large amounts of drainage from the surgical site. While she was assured this was normal, Sarah was actually showing initial signs of sepsis.
One in 10 Patients with a ‘Big Three’
One in 10 people (9.6%) with symptoms caused by a major vascular event, infection, or cancer will be misdiagnosed, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CRICO Strategies.
There Are Flaws in Our Nation's
Diagnostic errors are not unique to COVID-19. Now is the time to improve diagnostic accuracy. Read more about the diagnostic lessons we can learn in a new article by SIDM CEO Paul L. Epner published in The Hill.
Coalition Members Respond to COVID-19
Many of our Coalition to Improve Diagnosis members are on the front lines working diligently to test and diagnose patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to provide timely and useful information regarding COVID-19, our members have developed a wide range of resources, including toolkits, live chats, webinars, community groups and more.
SIDM shares concerns about the global threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As with any disease, reaching a timely and accurate explanation of a patient’s symptoms is critical to achieving the outcomes that matter to patients. For information about coronavirus and direction on what clinicians and the general public should do, please see guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities.
Creating a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.
SIDM catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error, in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder.
1 in 3
One-third of malpractice cases that result in death or permanent disability stem from an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis, making it the number one cause of serious harms among medical errors.
Roughly 40,000‐80,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year can be attributed to diagnostic error. It’s about the same number of people who die annually from breast cancer or diabetes.
In the News
SIDM Announces New Board Members
SIDM is proud to announce that Doug Salvador, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate and Ann Gaffey, RN, MSN, CPHRM, DFASHRM, President, Healthcare Risk and Safety Strategies, LLC have joined the SIDM Board of Directors.
Journal Club Session: Prevalence of Harmful Diagnostic Errors in Hospitalised Adults
Join us for our next Journal Club session on July 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET where Craig Gunderson, MD, FHM will discuss his article, "Prevalence of Harmful Diagnostic Errors in Hospitalised Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis."
Empowering Women Heart Patients
Coalition to Improve Diagnosis member WomenHeart discusses empowering and training women heart patients to ensure accurate and timely diagnoses in our June issue of ACT Update.
2020-2021 Fellows in Diagnostic Excellence Announced
The 2020-2021 Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence awardees will work on innovative projects focused on improving diagnostic quality and safety. Meet the seven new fellows and learn about their research focus areas.
Patient Safety Leader Gordon Schiff, MD receives John M. Eisenberg Award
We are proud to announce that Gordon Schiff, MD is the recipient of the 2019 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.
Why the Color of Your Skin Can Affect the Quality of Your Diagnosis
If you are a patient of color, especially if you’re of African ancestry, your chances of misdiagnosis are greater than white patients’, and you have higher odds of suffering greater harm from diagnostic errors.
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