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Patient Safety Pods

Case studies and interviews are aligned with clinical specialties and high risk areas identified in the Harvard medical system.


CRICO Grant Spotlight: A Verbal Electronic Surgical Safety Checklist for the Intensive Care Unit

This CRICO grant-funded project showed that an electronic checklist could accurately verbalize information needed for a SICU time-out and could deliver objective information from the EHR at the point of care.grant_icon


Simulation’s Evolving Place in Health Care
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

The use of simulation in health care has grown worldwide. This year and through 2028, industry business analysts expect double digit growth in a $2 billion market for simulation services, software, and anatomical models. We interview pioneers and leading edge practitioners of the art.


Patient Safety Guidance Support
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

For more than 30 years, CRICO and its insured health care providers have generated decision support tools to help physicians and nurses navigate through the patient safety risks they encounter each day in clinical practice.


CRICO Grant Spotlight: Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Among Women 40–49 in Primary Care

Through a CRICO grant-funded project, Mara Schonberg, MD, MPH, sought to learn if providing women age 40–49 with information about their risk of breast cancer is useful to them when deciding on breast cancer screening and prevention interventions. Participants completed a pre-test, received their personalized breast cancer risk report, saw their primary care clinician, and completed a post-test.grant_icon


When Virtual Isn’t Good Enough, And Patients Refuse to Come In
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Find out how to respond when patients decline recommendations around virtual care. The AMC PSO patient safety alert, called Informed Patient Refusal in Virtual Care, includes a review of likely malpractice allegations and contributing factors. Safety Net interviews one of the co-authors, Dr. Adrienne Allen, Senior Director of Quality, Safety and Sustainability at North Shore Physicians Group Mass General Brigham Salem.


Cardiac Event Mismanaged in ED
By Jennifer Clair MacCready, CRICO, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

An otherwise healthy 50-year-old woman presented to the Emergency Department with atypical chest pain. Discharge and death the next morning followed.


In Malpractice Claims Connected to Diagnosis, Nurses Are Accountable
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

A new study shines light on nursing’s role in malpractice claims and preventing diagnostic error.  In 62 percent of the cases that involved a communication problem among providers, the patient died.



Fighting Discrimination at Harvard, Missed Colorectal Cancer, and More
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insights March 2022. Fighting Discrimination at Harvard, Missed Colorectal Cancer, and More.


Fighting Discrimination in the Health Profession at Harvard
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Micro-aggressions. Sexual harassment. Discrimination. On this episode of Safety Net, a special roundtable of health care experts looks at the legal and ethical dynamics behind conflicts over discrimination and harassment among colleagues and staff. What’s happening in the Harvard medical system, as a national movement and local lawsuits press institutions to change?

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