The CRICO Are You Safe? case studies contain information that you can access in different formats: web pages, one page handouts, and a slideshow version with additional data included

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Topic and Module





Reliable Diagnoses
Should I use a Decision Support Tool?

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Closing the Loop
Am I sure my patient got the test I ordered?

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Closing the Loop
Is my specimen handling process reliable?

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Partnering with Patients
Is my patient’s history up to date?

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Closing the Loop
Who is responsible for follow up?

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Standard Communication
Did the specialist change the treatment plan?

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Partnering with Patients
Does my patient understand why I ordered this test?

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Reliable Diagnosis
Are we prepared to triage this patient call?

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Closing the Loop
Are we properly tracking tests results and referrals?

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Standard Communication
Is the procedure being performed what the patient consented to?

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About the Slideshow Presentations

CRICO has produced presentations for use by providers and practice staff interested in sharing the Are You Safe? case studies with colleagues. The slideshows include additional data and complementary information and are accompanied by a facilitator’s guide.


The Are You Safe? case studies draw on experiences from primary care providers in Internal or Family Medicine practices. However, many of the inherent lessons are applicable to outpatient specialty care practices. The case studies are intended for all members of your team (physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, medical assistants, allied health professionals, administrative staff). Each module highlights ambulatory patient safety risks/vulnerabilities to stimulate discussion and help your practice identify opportunities to assess and (if necessary) improve systems.

Discussion Tips

Each Are You Safe? case study includes prompts for discussing the vulnerabilities exposed by the case example, and for assessment of your practice/systems. Focus on the broader patient safety issues that may impact future care. Limit narrow analyses of the facts, this case is an illustrative example to initiate discussion.

  • Acknowledge that discussions about medical errors, delays in care, or patient grievances are difficult for the individuals involved and impacts the entire care team/ practice.
  • Frame the conversation, for example: the purpose of this discussion is to learn from what occurred, identify opportunities to improve the system, and prevent recurrence of a similar event
  • Recognize that everyone comes to work to help others but, at times, systems do not support the individual.
  • Engage multiple perspectives in discussions related to patient safety vulnerabilities by soliciting input from all disciplines.

How to Earn Category 2 Risk Management Credits

This Are You Safe? case study is suitable for 0.25 AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™. This activity has been designed to be suitable for .25 hours of Risk Management Study in Massachusetts. Risk Management Study is self-claimed; print and keep this page for your record keeping.

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