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CRICO’s Patient Safety Leadership: A Missing Piece

February 27, 2017

Jeffrey Cooper, Professor of Anaesthesia of Harvard Medical School, was inspired to write a letter to the editor of Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare (PSQH); in response to Susan Carr’s article about CRICO’s milestone 40th anniversary. Dr. Cooper highlights CRICO’s greatest achievements: its ability to convene clinical leaders from across the Harvard medical community.


Closing the Loop on Medical Referrals

February 9, 2017

CRICO is collaborating with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) on a project to identify best practices for managing patient referrals to specialists using electronic health records. The NPSF-CRICO collaboration is a part of CRICO’s commitment to understanding and improving systems to support safe health care delivery through analysis of claims in our Comparative Benchmarking System.


Popular Surgeries Can Carry Risk of Being Burned

February 7, 2017

An NBC4 I-Team investigation has found that the medical devices used during many minimally invasive procedures can, in rare occasions, burn the internal organs and tissues of the patient. The team highlighted the work of a CRICO-funded program called FUSE, Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy®, which educates surgeons about the risks of electrical instruments in surgery and how to use them safely. READ MORE >

Quality Improvement Initiatives Lead to Reduction in Nulliparous Term Singleton Vertex Cesarean Delivery Rate

February 2, 2017

This CRICO-supported research was conducted to determine the influence of a set of quality improvement interventions on the Nulliparous Term Singleton Vertex Cesarean  (NTSV) cesarean delivery rate, which has been recognized as a meaningful benchmark. READ MORE >

Human-Machine Collaborative Optimization via Apprenticeship Scheduling

February 1, 2017

This thesis project—Human-Machine Collaborative Optimization via Apprenticeship Scheduling—was co-funded by CRICO and submitted to the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). READ MORE >

Communication Failures in Medical Malpractice – Lessons Learned From the CRICO Strategies’ Comparative Benchmarking System

February 1, 2017

This article, co-authored by Mazen Maktabi and CRICO’s Gretchen Ruoff for the American Society of Anesthesiologists publication ASA Monitor, examines how analyzing the CRICO Strategies Comparative Benchmarking System database of medical malpractice claims enables organizations to glean valuable insight as to the extent and cause of potential patient safety risks. READ MORE >

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