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Surgeon as the Second Victim? Results of the Boston Intraoperative Adverse Events Surgeons’ Attitude (BISA) Study

  • January 16, 2017

An intraoperative adverse event (iAE) is often directly attributable to the surgeon’s technical error and/or suboptimal intraoperative judgment. This study out of one of CRICO’s insured institutions—Massachusetts General Hospital—was conducted to examine the psychological impact of intraoperative adverse events (iAE) on surgeons as well as the surgeons’ attitude about iAE reporting. CRICO is identified as one of the iAE reporting options.

Study Conclusion: Intraoperative AEs occur often, have a significant negative impact on surgeons’ well being, and barriers to transparency are fear of litigation and absence of a well-defined reporting system. Efforts should be made to support surgeons and standardize reporting when iAEs occur.


Citation for the Full-text Article

Han K, Bohnen JD, Peponis T, Martinez M , Yeh DD, Nandan A, Lee J, Demoya M. The surgeon as the second victim? Results of the Boston Intraoperative Adverse Events Surgeons’ Attitude (BISA) study. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. January 16, 2017; In Press, Corrected Proof.