Are We Failing ‘Failure to Rescue’? Improving Diagnosis in Post-surgical Care

There are many similarities between primary diagnostic failures and failure to rescue (FTR) in post-surgical care—both resulting in significant clinical harm and medical professional liability (MPL) losses. Leveraging the growing research on diagnostic failures and exploring the unique interpersonal and organizational attributes of the “clinical futile cycle” in FTR scenarios can provide specific opportunities for diagnostic improvement in the post-surgical setting.

This presentation examines the challenges—and opportunities—surrounding Failure To Rescue in Postsurgical care. Looking at FTR through the lens of diagnostic error, panelists from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine will examine clinical data and cultural insights on key drivers and key solutions to reduce this key perioperative risk.

Della Lin, MD, FASA, Anesthesiologist and board member of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and Dana Siegal, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, Director of Patient Safety for Candello—both members of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Practice Improvement Committee—explore the clinical and cultural elements driving this significant challenge, deriving insights and offering tangible solutions to all members of the care team.


This webinar is for clinicians, risk managers, patient safety and health care leaders, clinicians and insurance professionals including claims managers. All are welcome, including:

  • Members of Emergency Medicine and Surgical care teams
  • Health care executive leaders and board members
  • Risk managers
  • Medical professional liability insurers
  • Patient safety leaders
  • Other clinical and administrative team members

View the Webinar Recording

CBS Members may also access the recording through the online Candello Community.


Della Lin PortraitDella M. Lin, MD, FASA, is an Anesthesiologist and board member of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Lin is a Senior Fellow in Patient Safety Leadership with the Estes Park Institute, is an inaugural National Patient Safety Foundation/Health Forums Patient Safety Leadership Fellow (2002) , and an AHA-HRET Senior Fellow.

She is faculty with the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) and holds a Visiting Faculty appointment with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

portrait of Dana Siegal

Dana Siegal, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, is the Director of Patient Safety for CRICO Strategies, where she provides analytical and educational services to leading academic medical centers, community hospitals, and physician practices on the issues of medical liability and patient safety. She evaluates the risk profiles of health care organizations throughout the country, assessing where current vulnerabilities exist, and making recommendations for prioritizing action plans. Additionally, she provides detailed analysis of medical malpractice claims, with a specific focus on Diagnostic, OB, EHR, and Emergency Medicine.

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