The following list describes the key risk factors in colorectal cancer malpractice cases:
- Patient with rectal bleeding did not receive a prompt diagnostic evaluation
- Over-reliance on previously normal findings may lead to narrow diagnostic focus
- Breakdowns in screening protocol
- Primary care provider fails to refer symptomatic patient to specialist
- Breakdowns in diagnostic test ordering, scheduling
- Scheduled test not performed
- Patient’s informed refusal not documented
- Ordering or follow-up of screening/diagnostic procedures inadequately documented
- Narrow diagnostic focus, failure to establish differential diagnosis
- Abnormal finding not adequately evaluated
- Clinician does not convey to the patient the importance of keeping appointments for testing and follow up
- Multiple providers fail to coordinate care of a shared patient and communicate important information to patient and each other
- Patient is not notified of test results
More CRICO Guidelines or Algorithms
CRICO decision support tools.
General Informed Consent Guidelines
A document to assist institutions in reviewing policies, procedures and forms relative to obtaining and documenting informed consent.
Challenge: Take the OB Clinical Guidelines Test
Take this test and see if you already follow these best practices from the Obstetrical Services of the CRICO-insured Institutions.
OB Guideline 15: Assessment and Monitoring in Labor and Delivery
During prenatal care, the clinician and patient will discuss common events and procedures in labor, including methods of assessing fetal well-being.
Obstetrics Guidelines Listing
Easily navigate this web-based version of the OB guidelines 1-35 and the sample form appendices A-H. The OB Guidelines PDF is also available on this page if you want to read or print it in booklet form. (2022 version available)