Diagnosketch: a visual guide to medical diagnosis for the non-medical audience is a colorful, graphic aid that simplifies human anatomy and pathophysiology into memorable, patient-friendly, understandable images. Diagnosketch intentionally leaves out details that are not clinically relevant and over-emphasizes ones that are.

Medical professionals use this guide, at the bedside, to better communicate with patients in various acute care settings, like Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Clinics.

Available May 2022. Please stay tuned.

Created by a physician with 20 years of clinical experience, Diagnosketch covers bread and butter diagnoses seen in acute care settings:  kidney stones, diverticulitis, back pain, gallstones, ovarian cysts, arthritis, and more. The 100+ include diagnostic images, procedural images, and concept images that are useful at different stages of a patient encounter. The images have been tested on hundreds of patients and convey complicated concepts quickly and simply. Whether you are a physician who is trying to explain to your patient the need for emergency surgery, or a nurse who is trying to calm a scared child before a procedure, Diagnosketch is the go-to resource for simple, quick, clear explanations. You are already a master clinician/diagnostician. Now, let Diagnosketch help you also be a master communicator.

What people are saying about Diagnosketch

“I use Diagnosketch on every shift, every day. We find this the single most useful and efficient tool at the bedside, to help patients understand what is happening to their bodies.”

—Raymond Biersbach, MD, Former Director of Emergency Medicine, Atrium Health Cabarrus Hospital; ER doctor with 10 years’ experience

“Physicians are expected to provide excellent medical care, but it is equally important for them to explain diagnoses and treatments in a manner that gives the non-medical both understanding and reassurance. Diagnosketch, by emergency physician Dr. Sapana Adhikari, uses simple illustrations and text to bridge the communication gap between physician and patient so that even complex issues can be comprehended at the bedside. This will prove to be an essential tool for every emergency department.”

—Edwin Leap, MD, Emergency Physician with 30 years’ experience; Columnist

“Not only does Diagnosketch help patients understand their anatomy, it also gives physicians, nurses, PAs, and others the opportunity to maximize the use of the very small amount of time they have with their patients. With this book at the bedside, we can be more efficient and patients leave with a better understanding of their ED visit.”

—Andrew Ulrich, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice-Chair of Operations, Yale School of Medicine

“As a nurse who spends a fair amount of time educating patients and their families, this book is a brilliant idea! It allows me the opportunity to impact patients’ understanding of their disease, and is an excellent resource in triage.”

—Elizabeth Gibb, BSN, RN, Emergency Department Nurse for 41 years at the busiest EDs in New England

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