Observing health care through the lens of medical malpractice events can leave one feeling more like the dyspeptic Ebenezer Scrooge than the irrepressible Tiny Tim. While sometimes tragic, the events that lead to malpractice suits are not the norm. Health care providers do remarkable work, often under extremely challenging circumstances. And even though medical errors are not uncommon, iatrogenic injuries are relatively rare because caregivers usually recognize and address those errors before harm can ensue. Such near misses may haunt the clinicians involved, at least until they are confident that the underlying problems have been resolved.
Rather than lose sleep with worry, rest assured that you and your colleagues are optimally prepared to identify and remediate the patient safety risks in your practice environment. The turn of the calendar to 2016 is an ideal time to consider a year’s worth of Patient Safety tools and educational opportunities available on the CRICO and CRICO Strategies websites.
- January Clinical Decision Support
- February Podcasts: Case Studies and Patient Safety Updates
- March Safer Care Modules: Assessing Office-based Care
- April Patient Safety Alerts
- May Comparative Malpractice Data
- June Patient Safety Speakers Bureau
- July FAQs About Informed Consent
- August Peer Reviewed Articles Using CRICO Data
- September CME Bundles
- October CRICO Blog
- November What to Do After an Adverse Event
- December CBS Benchmarking Reports (since 2009)
Wishing you, your colleagues, and your patients, a happy and safe new year.