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The impact of errors on healthcare professionals in the critical care setting.

Kaur AP, Levinson AT, Monteiro JFG, Carino GP. The impact of errors on healthcare professionals in the critical care setting. J Crit Care. 2019;52:16-21. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.03.001

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April 24, 2019
Kaur AP, Levinson AT, Monteiro JFG, et al. J Crit Care. 2019;52:16-21.

The second victim effect has been used to describe the emotional impact that providers may experience when involved in a medical error, adverse event, or unanticipated patient outcome. In this survey study, researchers found that members of a critical care society frequently admitted to experiencing negative emotions such as blame and guilt when responding to questions involving scenarios of different types of errors. Nearly 70% of respondents suggested that team debriefings and talking with colleagues could help mitigate the second victim effect.

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Kaur AP, Levinson AT, Monteiro JFG, Carino GP. The impact of errors on healthcare professionals in the critical care setting. J Crit Care. 2019;52:16-21. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.03.001