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Distraction, Poor Planning for OB Patient
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO, Thomas Beatty, MD

Language barrier, distraction, and lack of planning contributed to a delay in treating fetal distress. In this case study, a baby is born with deficits, and the settlement against an OB is over $1 million.

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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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Rosie’s Story
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO, Dana Siegal, CRICO

Data without a story may not hold your audience’s attention.

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Informed Consent Basics

Through dialogue and discussion with you, your patients become more knowledgeable partners in medical decision-making and develop realistic expectations about the outcomes of medical intervention. Ideally, informed consent discussions build trust and reduce surprise and disappointment if complications or adverse events occur.

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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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A First Place Mindset About Medical Error
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

The size of the problem isn’t what’s important.

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Was This Primary Care Provider Too Rushed?
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO, Carla Ford, MD, CRICO

The crux of the case is that a detailed history and physical exam were not performed, and so a broad differential was not considered.

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Milepost 40
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Celebrating 40 years of patient safety innovation.

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Forgetting to Remember
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Reliance on memory is a patient safety risk.

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Getting Clinicians in Lawsuits to Care for Selves is Hard
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

How a clinician is coping with the impact of being sued can be a significant factor in how effective he or she is as a defendant. But getting clinicians to accept help is often a challenge.

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