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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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The Impact of Automated Notification on Follow-up of Actionable Tests Pending at Discharge: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

  • July 1, 2018

A physician’s failure to follow-up on test results that are still pending at a patient’s discharge (TPADs) could lead to a missed diagnosis or preventable adverse event. This CRICO-funded study researched whether automated notifications improved documented follow-up for tests that were actionable. 


The research concluded that automated notification of actionable TPADs did shorten the follow-up time by physicians for patients within their healthcare network.  However, the researchers noted that future research is needed to evaluate such safety concerns as “The high proportion of actionable TPADs without any documented follow-up (~ 40%).”

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Dalal AK, Schaffer A, Gershanik EF,Papanna R, Eibensteiner K, Nolido NV, Yoon CS, Williams D, Lipsitz SR, Roy CL, Schnipper JL. The impact of automated notification on follow-up of actionable tests pending at discharge: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. July 2018, 33(7):1043–1051. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4393-y