CRICO Insights: August 2018

How to Provide a Bad Consult in Five Easy Steps


Tell me that the consult is inappropriate and that I shouldn’t be calling you.


Don’t see the patient when I ask you to.


Don’t answer the question I asked.


Do things to the patient without talking to me first.


Communicate poorly.

Michael Howell, MD, MPH, explores best practices for calling and providing consults: Are You Complicating Your Consults?


Doctors Lose Their Own Malpractice Case

Sometimes, malpractice cases have to be settled because the defendant clinician cannot adapt to the legal system. Listen

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Tests Pending at Discharge and the Need for Action

You can’t act on what you don’t know, but the quest for a better system for transmitting TPADs continues. Adam Schaffer, MD, reports on a recent trial at BWH. Can we find a connection?


Patient Safety Grants: Request for Applications

We want to help you make patient care safer by funding your research. Requests for applications are being accepted until October 5. Make it better...


Poor Triage of Stroke Patient Closes Opportunity for Timely Administration of Thrombolytics

An 83-year-old woman suffered a potentially avoidable permanent neurologic injury following an acute cerebrovascular accident. What went wrong?

Keeping Up with the Medmal Risks of Missed Cancer Diagnoses

Primary care clinicians who see patients ages 40–70 are at the front line of cancer screening and, thus, at risk of an allegation that they failed to make a timely cancer diagnosis. Reduce your risk of missing a patient’s cancer—and earn CME...

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