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Debriefing aids nurses post-resus failure in children

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Clinical staff benefit from a debrief after being involved in a failed paediatric resuscitation, according to UK researchers.

‘Debriefing should occur within a few days of the event, all staff involved should be invited and it should ideally address both medical and psychological issues,’ said the team from Sheffield who have developed new best practice guidance.

They said previous research had identified failed paediatric resuscitation as one of the most stressful critical incidents facing emergency care staff. As a result, they surveyed 50 trusts on their approach to staff wellbeing following such an incident in order to draw up guidelines.

Emergency Medicine Journal (2008) 25: 328-330

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