CRICO Insights: September 2019

Key Situations of Increased Suicide Risk

CRICO’s Suicide Risk Advisory Committee offers these examples of when the likelihood of a patient’s suicide risk may increase.


Occurrence of any suicidal/self-destructive behavior or ideation


During initial interview or on admission


With any noteworthy clinical change (e.g., significant new symptoms, mental status changes, stressors)


For inpatients who have been assessed to be suicidal:

* on progression to a less restrictive level of precautions

* at time of discharge from hospital

Read more in CRICO’s Guidelines for Suicide Prevention


Troubled Brew: Multiple Providers, Disjointed Care, Lost Kidney Function

In this case study, we see issues that can arise in care that takes place across multiple institutions and providers, especially when the patient is self-referring. What went wrong?


Who is Responsible for Follow Up?

A mismanaged referral is a contributing factor in 13% of CRICO (21% nationally) ambulatory cases alleging a missed or delayed diagnosis. What can you do?


Your MedMal Risk

Is your specialty riskier than average—or safer? Find out what CRICO’s data has to say about where the risks are for you and your patients. And find out what you can do about it... do about it


Sepsis Awareness—It’s About T•I•M•E

When it comes to sepsis, early detection is the best hope for survival and to limit disabilities. EDs are a key intervention point, and the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium has the tools to help. Know the best practices to improve sepsis diagnosis...


Risks in Surgery: Contributing Factors

What factors led to harm in cases where patients sued for malpractice? We examined 17,000 surgery cases to find out. What's my risk?

Latest News from CRICO

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    The Patient Safety Adoption Framework: A Practical Framework to Bridge the Know-Do Gap

    CRICO Grants
    Many patient safety initiatives fail to be adopted and implemented, even when proven effective. This creates the well-recognized know-do gap—which occurs when health care workers know what should be done based on evidence vs. what takes place in practice. To address this issue, CRICO funded the development of a patient safety adoption framework and had it evaluated by leaders in quality and safety. The framework and its findings were published online in the Journal of Patient Safety in April 2023.

    Diagnostic Errors Linked to Nearly 800,000 Deaths or Cases of Permanent Disability in U.S.

    CRICO in partnership with Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence, conducted a study that indicates misdiagnosis of disease or other medical conditions leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths and permanent disabilities each year in the U.S.

    In the Wake of a New Report on Diagnostic Errors SIDM Invites Collaboration and Policy Action

    A new report by CRICO and Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence provides the first national estimate of permanent morbidity and mortality resulting from diagnostic errors across all clinical settings. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) works to raise awareness of the burden of diagnostic error as a major public health issue and calls for collaboration and policy action on the issue.
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