Supporting Involved Health Care Professionals (Second Victims) Following an Adverse Health Event: A Literature Review

​Seys D, Scott S, Wu A, Van Gerven E, et al. Supporting involved health care professionals (second victims) following an adverse health event: A literature review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2012 Jul 27. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Based on an extensive review, the authors found numerous supportive actions for second victims described in the literature. A common intervention identified support for the health care provider to be rendered immediately. Organization-level strategies include programs specifically aimed at second victims and programs that include support for all individuals involved in the adverse event.

 

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