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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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Starting Points for Patient Safety
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Patient Safety: Benchmark before improving. Learn how.

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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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MedMal Claim FAQs, Physician Health, and more...
By Alison Anderson, CRICO, Missy Padoll, CRICO, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insights August 2016: MedMal Claim FAQs, Physician Health, and more...

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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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National MedMal Huddle Looks at Communication Errors/Solutions
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Nearly 3 in 10 medical malpractice cases have identifiable problems with communication, according to a report by CRICO, the malpractice insurer for the Harvard medical institutions. Proven solutions highlighted a national gathering of patient safety leaders in Boston.

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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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