Journal Article

Design and Impact of a Novel Surgery-Specific Second Victim Peer Support Program.

Hechi ME, Bohnen JD, Westfal M, et al. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2019.

This paper describes the implementation of a "second victim" peer-support program in the surgery department at a tertiary care center. The program trained surgical attendings and trainees to provide peer-support for other surgeons involved in major adverse events. After one-year follow-up, 81% of affected surgeons elected to receive peer support. The majority (81%) felt the program had a positive impact on safety culture by providing a confidential, safe, and timely intervention for so-called "second victims". A 2011 Perspective on Safety with Dr. Albert Wu discussed ways that organizations can support "second victims."