Second Victim: Supporting the Error-Maker in the ICU

Author(s): Waters David

Contact Hours 1.10

CERP C 1.10

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Patient Safety, Quality Improvement

Role: Manager, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Adverse events associated with error have been observed in a large proportion of hospital admissions, with a higher frequency in ICU settings due to patient complexity and acuity. This introductory session aims to examine the context of errors in the ICU, in addition to exploring the personal impact and consequences for the error maker (or second victim). Further discussion highlights strategies utilized to support and promote learning for error-makers following an error event.


  • Explain the incidence and causes of errors within the critical care environment.
  • Outline the common personal consequences and experiences for the error maker after an error event.
  • Identify a selection of support and learning strategies for error-makers in the critical care setting.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.10 contact hours.

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