Year: 2003 Source: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, v.15, no.4, (June 2003), p.275-277 SIEC No: 20040745

This essay examines the effects of unexpected pediatric death on anesthesiology house staff, & offers a discussion of normal & abnormal patterns of grieving. The increased incidence of substance abuse & suicide among anesthesiologists is discussed, & the relationship of stress following patient death & appropriate coping skills is explored. A blueprint for managing stress is given based on a military combat stress model, & recommendations for residency training programs are made. (6 refs)