CRICO Insights: July 2022

Top Reasons to Contact Your Attending

Guided by CRICO data showing communication failures in 70 percent of surgery-related malpractice cases, the chiefs investigated the nature of those communication breakdowns. Primarily, attendings were not always aware of critical changes in the status of their patients that necessitated their expert guidance. And residents either delayed or decided against reaching out to the attending with critical status updates. As a result of a study by surgical chiefs leveraging Candello data, the following situations are recommended for the resident to contact the attending physician:


Development of significant neurological and/or physiological changes


Transfer in or out of ICU


Unplanned intubation or ventilatory support


If the trainee feels that the situation is more complicated than they can manage


Nursing or physician staff, or the patient request the attending physician be contacted

Triggers for Resident to Attending Communication


CRICO Grant Spotlight: Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

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. She is using what she learned to develop a web-based conversation aid to support shared decision-making around mammography screening between primary care clinicians and their patients.

Learn more about Mara’s research...

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EPL Case Study: Abuse of Power

A new employee files a complaint after being harassed by the person with control of her assignments and, consequently, her wages. How did a fear of retaliation impact her case?

What can be learned?

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Simulation’s Evolving Place in Health Care

Where does simulation fit in health care today? Learning and practicing in re-created scenarios without a live patient has long offered safety benefits for patients and providers. The COVID-19 pandemic required innovation from simulation leaders. New applications and new techniques mean that medical simulation allows for more possibilities than ever.

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CRICO Grant Request for Applications

CRICO’s grant team seeks proposals containing designs that further impact organization-wide risk related to patient safety issues. We encourage both young investigators and senior researchers to apply for funding and we support CRICO-member partnerships among potential investigators during our annual RFA period.

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CME Conference: Building Resiliency

CRICO invites you to join us Friday, November 18, 2022, for our annual CME conference, Best Medical Practices: Maximizing Skills & Minimizing Risks in the Primary Care Setting. This course is an excellent opportunity for you to build resiliency in your practice. This conference is designed specifically to maximize primary care providers’ diagnostic skills for the most common diagnoses seen in primary care malpractice cases.

Register today... (past)

Latest News from CRICO

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    Establishing a Regional Registry for Neonatal Encephalopathy: Impact on Identification of Gaps in Practice

    CRICO Grants
    Neonatal encephalopathy continues to be a significant risk for death and disability. To address this risk, regional guidelines were developed with the support of CRICO. A neonatal encephalopathy registry was also established. The aim of this study was to identify areas of variation in practice that could benefit from quality improvement projects.

    Burden of Serious Harms from Diagnostic Error in the USA

    New analysis of national data by a multidisciplinary research team from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence and CRICO, found that across all clinical settings, an estimated 795,000 Americans die or are permanently disabled by diagnostic error each year.

    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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