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August 1, 2018 An Evidence-based Intraoperative Communication Tool for Emergency General Surgery: A Pilot Study

CRICO-funded researchers developed and then piloted an evidence-based tool aimed at improving team communication in Emergency General Surgery.

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July 31, 2018 Hospital Mergers or Acquisitions May Cause Short-Term Patient Safety Issues

Drawing from a CRICO-funded study that found institutional partnerships and transactions might put patients at a higher risk for harm in the short run, this STAT op-ed piece emphasizes that “Improving the safety of patient care is possible during mergers and affiliations, but requires intentional efforts.”

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July 31, 2018 Viewpoint: Why Hospital Mergers Raise Patient Safety Problems

This Becker’s Hospital Review viewpoint offers six insights garnered from a July 31, 2018 STAT op-ed piece, written by Ariadne Labs researchers and CRICO’s president and CEO Mark Reynolds.

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A Contemporary Medicolegal Analysis of Implanted Devices for Chronic Pain Management

  • March 27, 2017

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and CRICO Strategies analyze medical malpractice claims in the national CBS Database and shed light on rare, but serious complications associated with intrathecal drug delivery systems.


Penny Greenberg, MS, RN, CPPS, Senior Program Director, CRICO Strategies and Ellen Song, Business Intelligence Analyst, CRICO worked with physician researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital to study complications associated with intrathecal drug delivery systems and spinal cord stimulators. This study illustrates how data from the national Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) can shed light on a rare, but serious complication. Due to the high volume of claims in the national CBS database (representing approximately 30% of all US medical malpractice claims), researchers were able to identify the risks and contributing factors associated with this type of injury. Researchers determined that deficits in  technical skill were the most common contributing factor to injury, followed by deficits in clinical judgment, communication, and documentation. This information provides a road map for organizations to address these injuries and ultimately mitigate the risks.

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Abrecht CR, Greenberg P, Song E, Urman RD, Rathmell JP. A contemporary medicolegal analysis of implanted devices for chronic pain management. Anesthesia and Analgesia. April 2017;124(4):1304-1310. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001702. (subscription may be required)