“There is a small amount of literature about secondary trauma. This means that the people who respond to trauma (firefighters, police, doctors, EMTs, etc.) experience PTSD from experiences they were not the primary victims of. I haven’t read the literature, and I don’t know what qualifies. I do know that this is the single worst experience with humanity that I have ever had, and the images from that night are as clear in my head today as they were when I first saw them. I know I will never forget that night, nor will I ever cease to feel my heart drop and stomach churn when I think about the few steps that Amanda took from her bed to the bathroom. The last few of her life.
Rehaan Shaffie is a hospitalist.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “The worst code I ever ran.”
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