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March 1, 2022 Frequency and Nature of Communication and Handoff Failures in Medical Malpractice Claims

Using Candello data, this study examines the characteristics of malpractice claims which miscommunications.

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March 1, 2022 Improving Patient Handoffs Helps Reduce Malpractice Claims

Healthcare Risk Management reports on a large study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital in which researchers reviewed 498 medical malpractice claims provided by Candello, CRICO’s national medical malpractice collaborative. The work revealed a direct relationship between the quality of patient handoffs and claims.

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January 5, 2022 To Measure and Reduce Diagnostic Error, Start With the Data You Have

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Retrospective Analysis of Perioperative Variables Associated With Postoperative Delirium and Other Adverse Outcomes in Older Patients After Spine Surgery

  • October 1, 2019

The aim of this CRICO-supported retrospective study was to identify perioperative variables predictive of the development of delirium in older surgical patients after spine surgery.


In conclusion, the researchers reported “Our study reinforces existing evidence that postoperative delirium is a common complication in older patients after spine surgery and that there are several perioperative risk factors associated with delirium and other adverse outcomes.” They also said, “Care providers should consider a focused multidisciplinary preoperative assessment that includes an evaluation of baseline medical comorbidities social environment, and geriatric conditions that may identity older patients who are at high risk for developing adverse postoperative outcomes and to develop individualized preoperative optimization strategies to enhance patient outcomes in older adults undergoing elective and nonelective spine surgery.”

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Susano MJ, Scheetz SD, Grasfield RH, Cheung D, Xu X, Kang JD, Smith TR, Lu Y, Groff MW, Chi JH, Crosby G, Culley DJ. Retrospective analysis of perioperative variables associated with postoperative delirium and other adverse outcomes in older patients after spine surgery.
J  Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2019 Oct;31(4):385-391. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000566.