Improving Health Outcomes for Older Adults

When an older adult falls and can’t get up, responses from emergency medical teams are a vital and sometimes life-saving resource. Those so-called “lift-assist” calls are often the first point of contact for a patient in need of care—sometimes that care need is more than simply helping them back in bed or in their chair. The decisions made about how to treat patients on the scene, what questions to ask, and how much intervention is required takes skill and good judgment.

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How Seniors Can Avoid Misdiagnosis

Seniors are misdiagnosed more often than younger adults and can be harmed more by it than younger bodies are. While it is estimated that everyone will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, experts believe it happens more frequently for older patients. The barriers to getting properly diagnosed can occur at any age but they tend to worsen as the patient gets older.

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Elevating Healthcare Equity

SIDM is at the forefront of the movement to achieve health equity. SIDM board member Ron Wyatt has been working tirelessly for years on efforts to put health equity on the national agenda.

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Did You Know?

Every nine minutes, someone in a U.S. hospital dies due to a medical diagnosis that was wrong or delayed. Your donation today will help us improve the accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis and continue our vision in creating a world where no patients are harmed by diagnostic error.