Adverse Medical Events/Critical Incidents - How to Cope 

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

  • Isolation
  • Negative self-image
  • Massive emotional impact
  • ​​Anger syndromes
  • Fatigue syndromes
  • Common reactions list (MITSS)

Health professionals recommend seeking emotional support, such as peer support, self-help groups, or professional counseling. Does your workplace have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)? If not, talk to your personal healthcare provider for recommendations on counseling and support and see the following resources.

 You are not alone - for assistance contact 

AANA Peer Assistance Helpline
(800) 654-5167

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