Year: 2006 Source: Clinical Risk, v.12, no.6, (November 2006), p.229-236 SIEC No: 20080551

This article examines how health care professionals can be supported after making a medical error. The topic of error is important both for learning & its impact on staff. Although medical errors are not a usual concern after a patient suicide, the impact of the death on health care professionals can be similar. There may fears of being blamed or held personally responsible & anxiety related to the reactions of colleagues & the patient’s family. Strategies for coping with errors or harm & their aftermath are outlined. (24 refs.)