Now that we are all aware that adverse medical events happen and affect the patient and the care provider immensely, I think its time to act upon the results of the studies. Each and every hospital must have a trauma-support team in place for its employees and patients to go to for counseling and discussion immediately following the event. The fear to heal should not exist. The experience must be explored and learned from, and changes must be made to correct any further occurrences.
It is not only about counseling but also about open and honest communication encompassing all parties with a goal of saving others from tragedy. Although I understand the suffering the caregiver encounters, we must focus on the injured patient and his or her family, who may have lost a loved one. They are the real victims as they live with mistakes forever in a unique and life-changing way. Working together, communicating and making changes will be healing for all. Lets embrace the research and move forward with it.
Dale Ann MicalizziFounderJustins HopeRotterdam, N.Y.