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Insights Newsletter Library

In the middle of each month, CRICO publishes a newsletter containing a top risk list,  and links to current content about claims or patient safety. Click the links below to view the detail of each issue.

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Patient Safety Pods

Case studies and interviews are aligned with clinical specialties and high risk areas identified in the Harvard system.

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Strategies for Patient Safety (SPS) Library

Each month, Strategies for Patient Safety explores the myriad ways 40-plus years of analyzing medical malpractice data can guide physicians and nurses practicing amidst today’s patient safety risks.

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What’s My Risk Library
By Lisa D. Ellis, Jock Hoffman

What’s My Risk Library

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5 Ways to Strengthen Discharge Instructions to Avoid Harm, Sepsis Podcast, Case Study, and More
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insights September 2021. 5 Ways to Strengthen Discharge Instructions to Avoid Harm and Med Mal Risks, Sepsis Podcast, Missed Opportunities Case Study, and More

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An Increasing MPL Cohort
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Of 71,339 MPL cases closed from 2010–2019, patients age 70 and above account for 13%.

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Back To Court after COVID-19: Uncertainty and a Back Seat for Malpractice Cases
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the legal system since the pandemic interrupted normal operations in Spring of 2020. In Massachusetts, trials were suspended, and all non-emergency court business stopped. Long-time medical malpractice defense attorney Richard Riley of Murphy & Riley, PC in Boston explains the uncertainty of the litigation landscape as courts try to reopen for trial in the Bay State. Hint: medical malpractice cases have lower priority than their criminal counterparts.

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Post Visit/Follow Up Tips for Safer Virtual Care, Colorectal Cancer Screening Podcast, Patient Consent Case Study, and More
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insights August 2021. Post Visit/Follow Up Tips for Safer Virtual Care, Colorectal Cancer Screening Podcast, Patient Consent Case Study, and More

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Surgery Change Needed Better Consent
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO, Jennifer Vuu Sanchez, CRICO

The goal was to treat uncontrolled pain from tumors but the patient was left with unexpected hearing loss. The patient sued when she claimed the surgeon changed the side of the operation without consulting her. For ideas that might help prevent these negative outcomes, we talk with Douglas Smink, MD, MPH, an associate medical director for CRICO and the Chief of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

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