Brink Magazine

Coverage of cutting-edge topics in patient safety and risk education 

Brink is our risk and patient safety magazine, published two times a year. Available in print and online, Brink delves into cutting-edge, complex risk prevention topics relevant to medical professionals in their everyday work lives. Each issue has a focus, and the articles help to provide the latest thinking and best practices, plus malpractice claims analysis, opinions, and more on the chosen topic.


Past topics have included Communication, Telemedicine, The Opioid Dilemma and Improving the Diagnostic Process.


Winter Issue – Healthy Care Teams

  • Factor of Me
  • Culturally Speaking
  • Are Physicians an Endangered Species?
  • Joy to the Work
  • Belonging, Together


Spring/Summer Issue – Communication: To the Heart of the Matter

  • Can We Talk?
  • When News Isn’t Good
  • No Longer Lost in Translation
  • Citizen Jurors
  • Are We Trending?

Fall/Winter Issue – The Call for Telemedicine

  • A Prescription for What Ails Health Care?
  • Inside a Midwestern Telemedicine Hub
  • Keeping Care Local
  • Back to Basics
  • Standard of Care
  • Montana Embraces Medicine


Summer Issue – The Opioid Dilemma

  • Rethinking Pain Management
  • One Treatment Does Not Fit All
  • Health Professionals & Opioid Addition
  • When You Need to Say No

Spring Issue – Improving the Diagnostic Process

  • A 12-Step Diagnostic Process of Care Framework
  • When a Cough Isn’t Just a Cough
  • Engaging the Patient Early
  • Debugging EHR Factors
  • Opening Up
  • Senior Living: Communicating Acute Change of Condition
  • Meditations on Medicine


Fall Issue

  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • 3 Strategies to Support APP’s and Reduce Risks
  • Culture Shift: Leading Through Collaboration
  • APPs as Part of the Solutions
  • Claim Review: Communication Breakdown

Summer Issue – Consent & Communication

  • Consent & Communication
  • The cost of Misunderstandings
  • Informed Consent: More than a Signature
  • Where Communication Breaks Down
  • Reducing risks Associated with Your EHR
  • Claim review: Failure to obtain Informed consent

Spring Issue – The patient experience

  • Violence in the workplace
  • Denial doesn’t help
  • Managing abusive patients
  • Compassion fatigue and disruptive behavior
  • HR policies to help weed out troublemakers
  • A patient’s vengeance claim review

Winter Issue – Surgery

  • How’s your social IQ!
  • How old is “too old” to practice?
  • Successful pre-op conversations
  • Lessons learned from a wrong-site surgery
  • Claim review: preeclampsia undiagnosed and untreated


Summer Issue – Outpatient risks

  • A rare glimpse of risks in the outpatient setting.
  • Your willingness to empathize can help — or hinder — a patient’s emotional healing.
  • Health care stats and facts.
  • What are the risks associated with advanced practice providers?
  • Root cause analysis as a tool for clinics.
  • The value of a formalized peer review process
  • Improving patient safety by asking for feedback.

Spring Issue – The patient experience

  • How we can improve access to care.
  • Learning from our own experience as patients.
  • Apologies and their impact on the patient experience.
  • Doctor-patient relationships and the EHR.
  • Engaging patients through technology.
  • Health care stats and facts.
  • Be ready to support those suffering from the unsettling events.

Winter Issue – Getting through a malpractice suit

  • Facing a medical malpractice suit.
  • Overcoming barriers between doctors and patients.
  • Doctors say a little of both
  • Complying with ever-changing regulations.
  • Health care stants and facts.