The Second Victim in the ICU: supporting the error-maker

Managing mistakes at work

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David Waters help_outline
Associate Professor at Birmingham City University, UK
Lecture Summary

This lecture will explore the critical issues associated with errors occurring within the ICU setting, including the prevalence, nature and contributing factors. In addition, the talk will explore the impact of errors on patients, clinicians and healthcare organisations. The direct consequences for the error maker or 'second victim' will be discussed, with a specific focus also on their support needs following an error event.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence and causes of errors within the ICU
  • Outline the impact of error events within the ICU and the concept of 'second victim'
  • Describe potential support needs and strategies for error makers