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Abandon the term "second victim."

Clarkson MD, Haskell H, Hemmelgarn C, et al. Abandon the term "second victim". BMJ. 2019;364:l1233. doi:10.1136/bmj.l1233.

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April 10, 2019
Clarkson MD, Haskell H, Hemmelgarn C, et al. BMJ. 2019;364:l1233.

The term "second victim," coined by Dr. Albert Wu, has engendered mixed responses from patients and health care professionals. This commentary raises concerns that the term negates the sense of responsibility for errors that result in harm and advocates for abandoning it.

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Clarkson MD, Haskell H, Hemmelgarn C, et al. Abandon the term "second victim". BMJ. 2019;364:l1233. doi:10.1136/bmj.l1233.