After tough cases, caregivers can need help recovering

Sometimes, the patients don't survive. Doctors and nurses make mistakes, or aren't able to treat an injury fast enough, or can't diagnose what's wrong until it's too late. Such incidents can place a heavy emotional burden on caregivers. These so-called "second victims" can experience feelings of guilt and isolation, as well as a dangerous lack of confidence. But a pilot program launched this month at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center is aimed at providing "psychological first-aid" to these caregivers through peer-to-peer counseling.

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