A personal reflection on staff experiences after critical incidents

Cameron I Knott
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00681
Published online: 3 November 2014

The effects of adverse iatrogenic events extend beyond patients and families to health care staff and organisations

Errors are common during the delivery of complex care in the Australian health care system.1 Adverse iatrogenic events (critical incidents) resulting in patient harm or death may be the most distressing for all involved. Many of these errors are preventable, but investments in programs to prevent health care-related adverse events have had varying success.2,3

  • Cameron I Knott

  • Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.



I gratefully acknowledge the workplace support of Alfred Health, along with the significant scholarly support of Professor Carlos Scheinkestel in enabling the completion of this article.

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