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Handshake antimicrobial stewardship as a model to recognize and prevent diagnostic errors.

Searns JB, Williams MC, MacBrayne CE, et al. Handshake antimicrobial stewardship as a model to recognize and prevent diagnostic errors. Diagnosis (Berl). 2021;8(3):347-352. doi: 10.1515/dx-2020-0032.

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Searns JB, Williams MC, MacBrayne CE, et al. Diagnosis (Berl). 2021;8(3):347-352.
| September 8, 2021

This study leveraged “Great Catches” as part of an existing handshake antimicrobial stewardship program (HS-ASP) to identify potential diagnostic errors. Using a validated tool, researchers found that 12% of “Great Catch” cases involved diagnostic error. These cases included a diagnostic recommendation from the HS-ASP team (e.g., recommendations to consider alternative diagnoses, request additional testing, or additional interpretation of laboratory results). As these diagnostic recommendations often flagged diagnostic errors, this suggests that the HS-ASP model can be leveraged to identify and intervene on diagnostic errors in real time.

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Searns JB, Williams MC, MacBrayne CE, et al. Handshake antimicrobial stewardship as a model to recognize and prevent diagnostic errors. Diagnosis (Berl). 2021;8(3):347-352. doi: 10.1515/dx-2020-0032.