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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? 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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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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A Patient Safety Survey Course
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

What do you want to learn more about?

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Who’s Who in Health Care?
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

It’s not always clear who does what.

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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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