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Journal Article

Ethics in the pediatric emergency department: when mistakes happen: an approach to the process, evaluation, and response to medical errors.

Dreisinger N, Zapolsky N. Pediatric emergency care. 2017;33:128-131.

Emergency departments (ED) are complex environments that are prone to medical error. This review discusses elements of ED care that detract from patient safety and highlights the importance of reporting and discussing errors when they take place to develop prevention strategies. The authors also explore the evidence on transparency in the ED when an error occurs and how to make an appropriate apology.