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Managing Adverse Events: The Aftermath and the Second Victim Effect 

Managing Adverse Events: The Aftermath and the Second Victim Effect
Managing Adverse Events: The Aftermath and the Second Victim Effect

Sven Staender

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date: 29 November 2020

The focus of anesthesiologists’ training and activities concerns the management of critically ill patients and the avoidance of catastrophe, rather than management of the aftermath. Anesthesiologists spend years acquiring technical expertise, and there are checklists for dealing with complications. Anesthesiologists have accumulated an immense knowledge in physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, but there is little understanding of how to deal with the overwhelming emotions that occur after a severe complication or adverse event. Death or severe harm to a patient under an anesthesiologist’s care may be rare, but can significantly impact a professional’s ability to care for patients and may also affect his or her life outside the hospital.

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