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WebM&M Case Submission

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PSNet is looking for interesting, provocative cases that illustrate key issues in patient safety such as medication errors, diagnostic errors, and adverse events that either had the potential for, or resulted in, patient harm. Cases from outpatient, ambulatory surgery, home health, long-term care, and rehabilitation settings are of particular interest.

Watch our introductory video to learn more about this feature.

Submitters of selected cases will receive a $300 honorarium.
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What You Need to Know

Health care professionals may submit cases that highlight medical errors or other patient safety/quality issues. Note that you can choose to submit cases either as a guest or while logged in to a PSNet account. Either way, your name will not be publicly associated with the case. View additional information here.

Submitters of selected cases will receive a $300 honorarium paid anonymously through PayPal. If your case is selected, you will receive detailed instructions via email on how to collect payment.

To receive your honorarium, you will need a PayPal account. AHRQ WebM&M will pay any fees assessed for you to accept our payment, so the net payment to you will be $300.

The email address associated with your PayPal account must be the same email that you use to submit your case. If you have an existing PayPal account with a different email address, note that the message from PayPal contains a link that will allow you to add another email address. Click on that link, sign in to your account, and add the email address you used to submit the case to AHRQ WebM&M.

The editorial team review submitted cases regularly and judges cases using the following criteria:

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How interesting is the case from a medical error/patient safety standpoint?
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Is the case an important example of a common error, or is it unique but nevertheless raises some key issues of general interest?
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Does the case have sufficient clinical detail to inform practicing clinicians?
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Does the case have significant educational value?
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Does the case highlight important systems issues?

Health care providers may anonymously submit cases that highlight medical errors or other patient safety/quality issues.

It is preferred for case submitters to be physicians or practitioners to ensure that there is a depth of knowledge about medicine when they describe the case and the patient safety issue involved in the case.

When submitting a case, the following information is required:

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An appropriate title for the case
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Patient description (age, past medical history, etc.; please do not submit any personal health information)
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The nature of the error and any relevant events or contributing factors
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The impact of the error on the patient and level of care
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How the error was recognized
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Recommendations for how providers or systems might prevent similar errors from happening in the future

Browse WebM&M Case Examples

Garima Agrawal, MD, MPH, and Mithu Molla, MD, MBA | May 16, 2022

This WebM&M describes two cases involving patients who became unresponsive in unconventional locations – inside of a computed tomography (CT) scanner and at an outpatient transplant clinic – and strategies to ensure that all healthcare teams are... Read More

Alexandria DePew, MSN, RN, James Rice, & Julie Chou, BSN | May 16, 2022

This WebM&M describes two incidences of the incorrect patient being transported from the Emergency Department (ED) to other parts of the hospital for tests or procedures. In one case, the wrong patient was identified before undergoing an unnecessary... Read More

Ready to submit your case?

Submit your case to help the medical community and prevent similar errors in the future. Submitters of selected cases will receive a $300 honorarium.

How it works

Write Your Case Pen

1. Write your case

This form should only be used to submit factual cases of medical errors or patient safety issues. Do not use this form to submit an article.

Review Open Book

2. Review

You case will be reviewed by the PSNet editors team. You should expect an email reply regarding their submission (selected or not) within 10–12 weeks.

Decision Person Checkmark

3. Decision

When a case is selected, the editors invite an expert author to write a commentary based on the case. Submitters of selected cases will receive a $300 honorarium.