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February 20, 2020 Use All Available Data Including Med-mal Claims to Improve Patient Safety

When risk management and claims departments work separately, they miss out on learning and influence that can improve with collaboration.

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December 10, 2019 An Examination of Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Physician Trainees

A CRICO-supported study that sought to “identify patient-, provider- and claim-related factors of medical malpractice claims in which physician trainees were directly involved in the harm events.”

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December 10, 2019 A Closed Claims Analysis of Vocal Cord Injuries Related to Endotracheal Intubation Between 2004 and 2015

Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers worked with CRICO to analyze data from the CRICO Strategies national Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) database to better understand claims against anesthesiologists for vocal cord injuries that occurred during endotracheal intubation.

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A Contemporary Medicolegal Analysis of Outpatient Interventional Pain Procedures

  • July 1, 2019

Closed malpractice claim studies allow a review of rare but often severe complications, yielding useful insight into improving patient safety and decreasing practitioner liability.


Researchers set out to explore what insights for patient safety and physician professional liability are revealed through analysis of malpractice claims involving outpatient chronic pain procedures. Findings from an analysis of CRICO Strategies Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) data demonstrated that epidural steroid injections are among the most commonly performed interventional pain procedures and, while a familiar procedure to pain management practitioners, may result in significant neurological injury.

Researchers recommend that “efforts to minimize practitioner liability and patient harm, like the claims themselves, will be multifactorial. Best outcomes will likely come from continued robust training in procedural skills, attention paid to published best practice recommendations, documentation that includes an inclusive consent discussion, and thoughtful patient selection.”

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Abrecht CR, Saba R, Greenberg P,  Rathmell JP, Urman RD. A contemporary medicolegal analysis of outpatient interventional pain procedures between 2009 and 2016. Anesthesia & Analgesia. Jul 2019, 129(1):255–262. http://dx.doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000004096

 

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