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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.  READ MORE >

Presenting Symptoms Independently Predict Mortality in Septic Shock: Importance of a Previously Unmeasured Confounder

June 29, 2018

This CRICO-funded study tested the hypothesis that “vague presenting symptoms are associated with delayed antibiotics and increased mortality.”  READ MORE >

Analysis of adverse outcomes in the post-anesthesia care unit based on anesthesia liability data

June 15, 2018

The PACU is a unique patient care environment, and respiratory and—according to this study—respiratory injury and complications appear to be common types of adverse events resulting in malpractice claims.

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Ethical Challenges Raised by OpenNotes for Pediatric and Adolescent Patients

June 1, 2018

A long-time supporter of the OpenNotes program, CRICO provided a grant to aid researchers in the development of best practices for clinicians who need to document confidential and sensitive information in the electronic health record of their pediatric and adolescent patients.  READ MORE >

What’s the key to accelerating progress in patient safety over the next five years?

May 17, 2018

“If we are to accelerate progress over the next five years, we must understand the gaps between the desired and actual state of patient safety.”

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Poor Communication and Teamwork from Surgeons Linked with Increased Likelihood of Malpractice Claims

May 15, 2018

CRICO partnered with Ariadne Labs of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to study whether surgeons who receive poor ratings in communication and teamwork skills from their coworkers during 360-degree performance reviews are more likely to face malpractice claims from their patients.  READ MORE >

A Contemporary Analysis of Medicolegal Issues in Obstetric Anesthesia Between 2005 and 2015

May 10, 2018

Researchers mine CBS for insights into contributing factors associated with malpractice claims where obstetric anesthesiology was the primary responsible service. READ MORE >

Study: Which Endoscopy Malpractice Claims End in Payment?

May 8, 2018

In a study of medical malpractice cases involving gastrointestinal endoscopies, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was the procedure that most often resulted in payouts to plaintiffs.

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The Elusive and Illusive Quest for Diagnostic Safety Metrics

May 7, 2018

Breaking down the ways in which diagnoses are evaluated for their quality and safety, authors Gordon D. Schiff, MD and Elise L. Ruan MD, MPH examine the metrics used to measure diagnostic processes with support for research in diagnostic error and improvement from CRICO. READ MORE >

A Medicolegal Analysis of Malpractice Claims Involving Anesthesiologists in the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Suite

May 1, 2018

In an analysis of gastrointestinal endoscopy-related claims, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) claims were more likely to result in malpractice payments compared to other procedures. READ MORE >

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