What is a second victim?
Healthcare employees who have experienced a significant personal or professional impact as a result of a patient safety incident can be referred to as a second victim.
Where can I get help?
If you are a healthcare employee and have experienced a significant personal or professional impact as a result of a patient safety incident, there are many sources of support available.
Why support second victims?
Involvement in patient safety incidents can significantly impact healthcare employees’ personal and professional lives, so providing appropriate support is crucial.
What are the origins of 'second victim term'?
The term was developed to highlight the need to support both patients and healthcare staff after harm.