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Risks in Obstetrical Care: Contributing Factors
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Deep analysis of more than a decade of MPL cases reveals that those involving obstetrical care clinicians are most commonly related to labor and delivery, especially the second stage of labor when clinical assessments and delivery decisions are most critical.

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Five Questions for Residency Leaders in the Time of COVID-19
By Shana Rakowsky, MD; Bess M. Flashner, MD; Jim Doolin, MD; Zachary Reese, MD; Jason Shpilsky, MD; Shu Yang, MD; C. Christopher Smith, MD; Kelly Graham, MD, MPH

Given the rapid shift in demands on physicians in the face of the pandemic, the responsibilities of the chief residents have also shifted to help prepare the residents to meet these demands as frontline providers.

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Reducing the Occurrence of Malpractice Cases Involving Policy or Protocol-related Breakdowns
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Organizations need to work within a just culture framework that looks beyond the individuals to fully understand why certain policies are sidestepped.

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Reducing the Occurrence of Malpractice Cases Involving Insufficient Documentation
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

To prevent documentation related cases, consider chart audits along with education regarding what critical information is too often not captured within the patient’s record(s).

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Reducing the Occurrence of Malpractice Cases Involving Inadequate Patient Assessment
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

While standardization—even automation—may be attractive, interventions to reduce errors during these critical initial stages of diagnostic assessment need to support the heuristics and mental shortcuts clinicians rely on to be effective and efficient.

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Resources for Presenters

The CRICO Are You Safe? case studies contain information that you can access in different formats: web pages, one page handouts, and a slideshow version with additional data included.

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Triggers for Resident-to-Attending Communication

These communications guidelines identify specific criteria that should trigger residents to call the attending. The "triggers" card sends a clear message to the house staff: the attendings want to know what is going on with their patients—they want the phone call, day or night. And, as the card has been introduced and distributed to surgical staff, the most important message is not found in the words it contains.

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Risks in OB/Gyn: Primary Allegations
By Lisa D. Ellis

Primary allegations in medical malpractice claims against OB/Gyns: how to protect your patients and yourself.

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Risks in Surgery: Primary Allegations
By Lisa D. Ellis

As a surgeon, every time you step into the operating room, you run the risk that something could go wrong.

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Risks in Surgery: Contributing Factors
By Lisa D. Ellis

Every interaction with a patient is prone to risk. Leverage CBS data to identify risks which resonate, and apply a process by which you can mitigate those risks by addressing specific problems.

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