Support strategies for health care professionals who are second victims.
Involvement in an adverse event or error can have serious effects on health care workers. Spotlighting how operating room culture can deter individuals from seeking help, this commentary emphasizes the importance of assisting perioperative nurses immediately after a harmful mistake. The author reviews second victim support initiatives and tools and suggests involving perioperative nurses in support programs. A past PSNet perspective provides insight on the importance of second victim programs.