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Malpractice Risks Associated with Electronic Health Records
By Penny Greenberg, MS, RN, CPPS, CRICO and Gretchen Ruoff, MPH, CPHRM, CRICO

Read this study about whether or not EHR use has unintended consequences that detract from the safety of health care.

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Cooling Brain-injured Babies to Reduce Disability, Liability
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Research and recent experience show that some babies who show signs of brain injury suffered before or during birth have better outcomes when hospitals cool the baby’s body temperature. Thus, early identification and treatment of this condition has the potential for improving patient outcomes and reducing the risk of liability. CRICO has recently awarded grant funding to promulgate guidelines, titled “Therapeutic Hypothermia in Neonates,” that were developed under its federally-designated PSO component entity.  

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Let’s Be Clear About This
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

The wrong words may be harmful.


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Patient Safety Alerts Library

Each AMC PSO Patient Safety Alert takes an in-depth look at one or two topics such as Patient Falls and Results Management. Visit our library to see the available reports and fill out a form to receive a PDF of one or more issues. 

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Electronic Health Record Risks in the Emergency Department

The AMC PSO convened a panel of Emergency Medicine thought leaders to identify significant areas of concern and to explore potential mitigation strategies for use of electronic health record risks in the Emergency Department

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Medication Administration in the Ambulatory Setting

The AMC PSO convened a panel of nursing leaders to review risks in the medication delivery processes in the ambulatory setting and discuss potential interventions aimed at mitigating the risks associated with medication administration.

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Patient Voice: Beth Felt a Lump but the Nurse Didn’t. How a Patient and her Providers Turned it Around
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Patient Voice: Beth felt a lump in her breast but the NP covering for her regular primary care doctor told her there wasn't a need for testing because she didn't feel it. An insistent patient, a concerned doctor, an apology, stellar coordination with specialists, and remission complete the story. Now, this patient praises her health care providers and the institutions they work in.

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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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Called to be Juror in Medmal Case? Lawyers Want to Talk to You
By Ellen Cohen, Esq.
Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman, Guekguezian, LLP

In Massachusetts, the law recently changed, regarding how juries are selected in civil trials, including medical malpractice cases. Now lawyers can question individual jurors directly.

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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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