PMID: 26908678 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-3828
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.
Attitude of Health Personnel; Clinical Competence; Digestive System Surgical Procedures; Disclosure; Disease Management; Hirschsprung Disease; Humans; Infant, Newborn; Medical Errors; Physicians
medical errors; surgery; mistakes
Antiel, Ryan M; Blinman, Thane A; Rentea, Rebecca M.; Gonzalez, Katherine W; Knott, E Marty; Juang, David; Oyetunji, Tolulope A.; Holcomb, G W. III; Angelos, Peter; and Lantos, John D., "When a Surgical Colleague Makes an Error." (2016). Manuscripts, Articles, Book Chapters and Other Papers. 94.