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What to Expect as a Defendant

Understand phrases such as personal financial exposure, burden of proof, pleadings and tribunal.

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Stand United for Patient Safety
By Missy Padoll, CRICO

At CRICO, we Wear Purple for Patient Safety to show our support. Download a poster or request stickers as an easy way to celebrate at your organization. #UnitedForPatientSafety

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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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CRICO’s Are You Safe? Case Studies

These case studies are designed to help all members of a multidisciplinary team reduce the risk of patient harm in the course and diagnosis and treatment. Office-based events that trigger malpractice cases present valuable opportunities to identify vulnerabilities in communication, clinical judgment, and patient care systems.

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Are You Safe? Overview

CRICO works closely with your organization’s Patient Safety and Risk Management staff to build expert resources for individual and team-based education and training.

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Are You Safe? Library

Are You Safe? cases are available as double-sided single sheets or slideshows that you can use to discuss improving patient safety in the office setting. This page lists all items by topic. Click through to see how you can earn category 2 Risk Management credits.

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What’s It Like to Be Sued?
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

One physician said that when you’re being sued for medical malpractice, “you want a whole army behind you.” The second physician advised the need to “fly in formation” with the insurance representatives, defense attorney, and supportive colleagues. A third remarked that the experience left him less trusting of patients. The fourth physician said it hasn’t changed how he interacts with patients “one whit.”

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Standards for Residents Same as Senior Physicians
By Frank Reardon, JD, John J. Barton, JD

A number of important legal rulings have held that attendings are not responsible for the acts of other health care professionals. But they must assign tasks appropriate to the individual's range of capabilities and provide adequate supervision. Where a resident is permitted to perform a procedure or oversee a course of treatment, these cases show that the patient and the courts will expect that the resident is at a level of training and experience to adequately do so.

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Improving the Surgical Residents ED Experience
By John Schuler, MD

Surgical residents in the ED need opportunities to develop their ability for inductive logic and to improve their clinical sense through repeated exposure to undifferentiated, ill patients. With this experience, the surgical trainee sees a variety of clinical problems and patients, learns to think critically while under stress, practices his or her skills, learns from mistakes, and ultimately develops confidence in his or her decision-making and clinical judgment.

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General Informed Consent Guidelines for Institutions
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

These guidelines are based in part on opinions and advice of malpractice defense attorneys in Massachusetts. CRICO recognizes that institutions should continue to have the flexibility to respond to such recommendations in a manner that will least disrupt the orderly provision of health care at the facility.

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