The Domino Effect of Medical Errors – Need to Look Beyond the “Second Victim”

Customarily, the aftermath of a Medical Error (ME) is focused on the first victim (patient and their family) and the second victim, that is, HCPs (ie, doctors, nurses). However, the other stakeholders of the health care system are often neglected, thus increasing the chances of future MEs.

This practice indicates an urgent need for a comprehensive approach that extends beyond the first and second victims to manage and reduce MEs. The entire health care system works as a single entity; hence, if one component falls, all the others fall, creating a domino effect. Identifying the vulnerable component of the health care framework and providing adequate support to it can possibly break this cycle and protect other members from the possible collapse. Hence, after a ME, it is important that…… Join Dr. Samer to know more