Adverse Medical Events/Critical Incidents - How to Cope 

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Have you been involved in an adverse medical event?

A Perioperative death or catastrophe, or the unexpected death of a colleague, can be devastating for the nurse anesthetist or student nurse anesthetist. The first step is awareness of the impact a critical incident or adverse event can have on your well-being and to understand the typical emotional and physical responses:


Adverse Events


Health professionals recommend seeking emotional support, such as peer support, self-help groups, or counseling. But when symptoms last longer than a month or affect ability to function, seek professional counseling. Counseling options may be found through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if your workplace has one, or ask your personal healthcare provider for recommendations.

 You are not alone - for non-COVID-19 stress, contact 

AANA Peer Assistance Helpline
(800) 654-5167

Email comments, concerns, or recommendations to wellness@aana.com.

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