Debriefing

The circumstances surrounding the traumatic event as well as the physical appearance of the patient may be distressing to all those involved in their care. Appropriate access to debriefing will allow for information sharing and event processing. An immediate post-event debriefing should take place led by the team leader in order to address any immediate issues and concerns.
A delayed facilitated debriefing should be conducted at a later stage. The person conducting the session should have professional skills to guide the process and to identify any individual that may require further assistance.  Peer support programs must be available to all providers potentially exposed to any critical incident for psychological and emotional support.