Risk and avoidable harm Part 2: responding to risk

In this two-part continuing professional development series, we explore the complex and often sensitive topic of clinical mistakes and events of avoidable patient harm—sometimes referred to as iatrogenic harm—which may occur in paramedic practice environments. As has been shown in part 1 of this series, the potential for mistakes and avoidable harm must be seen as a persisting risk within healthcare. Our response as paramedics must be one of empathy towards those involved in incidents of avoidable harm, and also one of duty to better understand the nature of risk and unintentional error within paramedic practice environments.

Phillip Ebbs -

Prue Gonzalez -

Paola Castillo -

Emergency medical service worker