Critical Event Debriefing

  • “Bad Things Happen in Medicine – Deal With It”

    By Marjorie Stiegler on October 18, 2015
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    Those are the words of a physician responding to a survey about the extent to which doctors are affected by death and other bad outcomes of their patients. I have another point of view to share, sent to me via email from a doctor I've never met, who has been haunted by one particular patient's death for 25 years.
  • Boston Marathon Bombing

    By Marjorie Stiegler on April 16, 2013
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    Yesterday’s awful tragedy in Boston was devastating, and really hit close to home for me, having lived there, and worked at MGH, and cheered the marathon in past years. This event brings to mind the important concept of the second victim. In addition to the lives lost and the physical harm inflicted to primary victims, there are numerous second victims. […]
  • The Physician as a “Second Victim”

    By Marjorie Stiegler on October 12, 2012
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    Today, my colleagues Dr. Judi Turner and Dr. Anahat Dhillon (UCLA)  joined me to give a workshop at the Society for Education in Anesthesia Fall Meeting on the aftermath of perioperative catastrophe and the concept of the physician as a second victim.   The idea of the “second victim” isn’t new – people have long understood that family members and […]
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