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Quick Safety Issue 39: Supporting second victims

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Quick Safety Issue 39: Supporting second victims

 

Quick Safety Issue 39: Supporting second victims

 

Quick Safety Issue 39: Supporting second victims

When a patient suffers an adverse event, many people are affected — the patient, his or her family, and the health care providers. The provider most directly involved in the event becomes the “second victim.” While the patient’s and family’s needs become the priority for the health care organization, the provider may be emotionally traumatized by the event, and have lasting effects that persist for months or years afterward.1