Second Victim Syndrome in Trauma Practitioners and Other Ancillary Staff

Arjun S. Bakshi*, Sierra L. Hardy, Erica Moore, Kelly Wiltse Nicely, Deepika Koganti, Dustin Hanos, Alexis N. Thompson, April Grant, Jonathan Nguyen, Richard Sola, Keneeshia N. Williams, Jason D. Sciarretta, Christopher J. Dente, Christine A. Castater, Randi N. Smith

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In health care, second victims are traumatized clinicians involved in unanticipated or untoward patient events. Programs that address second victim syndrome are sparse and its diagnosis often goes unrecognized. Consistently, literature has identified gaps in support resources, leading to compromised patient care and provider health. This project evaluates the need for second victim resources in trauma care providers at a tertiary public level 1 trauma hospital by electronically implementing a validated second victim survey over 5 weeks. Our results illustrate that second victim syndrome is prevalent among 57.1% of trauma care providers, of which 22.9% agree that second victim syndrome results in some form of undesirable work intentions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2258-2260
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • socioeconomic
  • special topics
  • trauma
  • trauma acute care


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