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The Second Victim
Since the release of the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report to Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health system, much attention has been focused on medical errors. This report estimated that up to 98,000 deaths from medical errors occur annually in the United States. Also gaining more attention and emphasis in recent years is the impact that medical errors have on health care providers, deemed the “second victim.” It is said that health care professionals involved in medical errors oftentimes are greatly affected both emotionally and personally. Feelings of isolation, shame, guilt, anger, loss of confidence, loss of empathy, and depression are all possible responses. As I read the several articles about second victims it was clear that the medical industry wanted people to feel sorry for them. No one suggested the same issues they were feeling the first victim was too. What happens when there isn’t a feeling of shame of the doctor? What about the first victim? As I look at this there are hurts between both parties, but if the upper management has nothing on their mind but money how can anyone be safe? Is this really hurt or is it cover-up?
Dr. Fred Southwick once doctor now a victim will be the guest who can answer some of these questions we want to know. Is this really a two-fold problem?
Phil Hall CEO of docnosis.com will also be a guest who can tell you the facts about the doctors who may claim to be second victims.
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