January 25, 2018

Joint Commission Quick Safety reports on supporting second victims

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

The Joint Commission on January 24 announced that its January Quick Safety examines second victim experiences and safety actions to consider, and it also includes an anonymous, personal story of a Joint Commission employee who is a second victim.

Though the patient and family are the priority for the organization when an adverse event occurs, the provider also may be emotionally traumatized by the event and need treatment.

A recent survey of surgeons found that 80% had at least one intraoperative adverse event within the past year, and that the event had a substantial emotional impact on their well-being.

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