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<p>In the effort to more effectively and humanely address adverse events in healthcare, one common method has been to consider the clinicians involved the &ldquo;second victims.&rdquo; But is it time to stop that practice? This terminology has been used to highlight the effects on clinicians who are part of a patient&rsquo;s adverse outcome, signifying that in addition to the patient being a victim, the doctor or nurse also can be traumatized. While well meaning, the &ldquo;second victim&rdquo; terminology may produce detrimental effects.</p>

‘Second Victim’ May Not Be the Best Approach to Adverse Events