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Pediatrics. 2016 Mar;137(3):e20153828. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-3828. Epub 2016 Feb 3.

When a Surgical Colleague Makes an Error.

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1
Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
2
Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
3
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.
4
The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; and.
5
Department of Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri; jlantos@cmh.edu.

Abstract

Professionalism requires that doctors acknowledge their errors and figure out how to avoid making similar ones in the future. Over the last few decades, doctors have gotten better at acknowledging mistakes and apologizing to patients when a mistake happens. Such disclosure is especially complicated when one becomes aware of an error made by a colleague. We present a case in which consultant surgeons became aware that a colleague seemed to have made a serious error. Experts in surgery and bioethics comment on appropriate responses to this situation.

PMID:
26908678
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2015-3828
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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