Chief of cardiac surgery Jennifer Lawton recaps the STS session focusing on recovery from clinical disasters and bad outcomes, noting the stakes are often high in cardiac surgery and the risk of something going wrong is elevated in some cases.
Oh, my name is Jennifer Latin, and I'm the chief of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins. I'm here to tell you about one of the topics I discussed at our latest national meeting was the meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the largest group of cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. The meeting was held virtually and the topic I'd like to tell you about. It's called recovery from clinical disasters and bad outcomes and what we talked about in this session. WAAS What happens when a patient has a bad outcome or we have a clinical disaster in the operating room? This is often unique to cardiac surgery because we do high stakes surgery. In other words, the risk of having something go wrong is actually quite high. In some cases, we know that there is a great deal of stress for the surgeon in such cases, and this is called The surgeon is the second victim. So when something goes wrong in an operation, not only is the family upset and the patient is upset, but the surgeon actually has significant stress, and this could lead to burn out insurgents. So we talked about both the professional and the personal stress that this could have. In many states, surgeons outcomes are publicly reported, and this can not only enhance the stress that a surgeon feels. In addition, a surgeon can feel stress because of criticism from colleagues or even Ah, hospital who criticizes ones outcomes. It is very important that surgeons learn how to deal with this stress so that we continue to take care of patients in the optimal way. There are methods that I will discuss that that I did discuss, such as mindfulness and resilience. We know that surgeons that are resilient are more likely to come through such stresses and be able to take care of patients again in the optimal way. We're focusing on this at Johns Hopkins, being quite aware of outcomes and the appropriateness of being honest with patients and their families when bad outcomes occur. I hope you find this topic as interesting as we dio and thank you so much for your attention. Mhm