Crico Medical Malpractice High Risk Case Studies

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Synopsis

For more than 20 years, CRICO has analyzed claims and suits from the Harvard medical community to understand causes of error. We have learned that 67% of claims fall into four high risk areas: Diagnosis, Obstetrics, Surgery and Medication.

Episodes

  • A Forgotten Stent and Unclear Responsibility for Follow Up

    A Forgotten Stent and Unclear Responsibility for Follow Up

    02/04/2020 Duration: 09min

    The patient sued his oncologist and the hospital, claiming they mismanaged his post-op recover when a stent was left behind for a year, leading to complications that required additional surgery.

  • Nothing is “Routine” for an Anxious Patient or Family

    Nothing is “Routine” for an Anxious Patient or Family

    01/03/2020 Duration: 08min

    A pediatric practice struggled to satisfy the family of a boy after two years of appropriate primary care. What did they learn about communicating with patients and their families over routine medical matters?

  • Status Change Missed, Consultation Flawed, and the Patient Loses Baby

    Status Change Missed, Consultation Flawed, and the Patient Loses Baby

    30/12/2019 Duration: 11min

    OB case: communication between the primary provider and a phone consultant needed more clarity and changes in the patient's status needed a stronger response.

  • Radiology Didn’t Know Risk Status Before Patient Fall, Head Injury

    Radiology Didn’t Know Risk Status Before Patient Fall, Head Injury

    21/05/2019 Duration: 10min

    Radiology Fall Risk

  • ICU Feeding Tubes

    ICU Feeding Tubes

    05/04/2019 Duration: 09min

    ICU Feeding Tubes

  • Doctors Lose Their Own Malpractice Case

    Doctors Lose Their Own Malpractice Case

    14/08/2018 Duration: 05min

    Medical malpractice cases are often lost when a defendant clinician does badly at trial or during the deposition.

  • Poor Communication of Doctor’s Orders Leads to Preventable Death

    Poor Communication of Doctor’s Orders Leads to Preventable Death

    03/01/2018 Duration: 10min

    Failure to supervise and confirm orders led to a preventable death and a search for system-level changes to how NPOs are communicated.

  • ED Stuck on Wrong Diagnosis, Blamed the Patient?

    ED Stuck on Wrong Diagnosis, Blamed the Patient?

    21/11/2017 Duration: 09min

    When a patient returns over and over again with the same symptom complex, the providers really need to start to think, “am I missing something?”

  • NP Misses Fatal Illness on Phone with Patient’s Dad

    NP Misses Fatal Illness on Phone with Patient’s Dad

    12/09/2017 Duration: 11min

    Fixated on flu symptoms, the nurse missed available information that indicated the patient should have been brought to urgent care to prevent an unnecessary tragedy.

  • For This Patient, Opioids for Pain Resulted in Suicide, Court Settlement

    For This Patient, Opioids for Pain Resulted in Suicide, Court Settlement

    01/08/2017 Duration: 12min

    A Psychiatric patient kills self with opioid prescribed by an internist for restless leg syndrome.

  • Culture Helped, Hurt in this Dosage Error

    Culture Helped, Hurt in this Dosage Error

    28/02/2017 Duration: 07min

    An 8-year-old girl experienced a tenfold dosing error of clotting factor, requiring admission and observation due to increased risk of stroke.

  • No Review of Test Result, and Girl Suffers Wrong Dx for Years

    No Review of Test Result, and Girl Suffers Wrong Dx for Years

    23/12/2016 Duration: 08min

    An 8-year old girl was treated over three years for a condition she never had.

  • Missing an MI When Symptoms Didnt Match Diagnosis

    Missing an MI When Symptoms Didn't Match Diagnosis

    01/09/2016 Duration: 07min

    A fuller history or a record check might have helped this physician add MI to the differential diagnosis.

  • Distraction, Poor Planning for OB Patient

    Distraction, Poor Planning for OB Patient

    04/08/2016 Duration: 07min

    Fetal bradycardia forced an emergency C-section, but the family claimed the care team should have been more prepared.

  • Was This Primary Care Provider Too Rushed?

    Was This Primary Care Provider Too Rushed?

    17/05/2016 Duration: 08min

    Providers find extra challenges diagnosing stroke in the primary care office.

  • Troubled Brew: Multiple Providers, Disjointed Care, Lost Kidney Function

    Troubled Brew: Multiple Providers, Disjointed Care, Lost Kidney Function

    04/02/2016 Duration: 09min

    Case: Multiple providers and the patient delayed a diagnosis of obstruction, resulting in lost kidney function

  • Spine Surgery: Someone Should Have Said Time Out

    Spine Surgery: Someone Should Have Said 'Time Out'

    04/09/2015 Duration: 09min

    Case Study: Response to spine surgery complication injured the patient and relationships.

  • Diagnostic Dropped Ball: Nobody Followed Up on Lung Nodule

    Diagnostic Dropped Ball: Nobody Followed Up on Lung Nodule

    07/04/2015 Duration: 08min

    Nobody followed up on this patientメs lung nodule before it was too late.

  • Unfair But So What? Trial for MD After Patient Skips Screening

    Unfair But So What? Trial for MD After Patient Skips Screening

    03/03/2015 Duration: 08min

    MD suggested screening mammogram, but patient declined, got cancer, and sued.

  • Asplenic Patient Disabled after Providers Overlooked Infection Risk

    Asplenic Patient Disabled after Providers Overlooked Infection Risk

    25/03/2014 Duration: 06min

    Despite multiple visits to her PCP, a 30-year-old woman without a spleen was never given prophylactic antibiotics or told the risks of a high fever.

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