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Who helps fix the caregivers?
Modern Healthcare

When trauma surgeon Dr. Amy McDonald at Cleveland’s MetroHealth has to tell parents their child has died, she wants nothing more than to sit with them, mourn with them and support them.

But then the next trauma victim comes in, and she has to help.

“If I’m at work, and I have a patient die, I can’t sit there and grieve,” said McDonald, MetroHealth’s director of trauma in the intensive care unit. “I’ve got to move onto the next patient. What else can I do? You learn to start compartmentalizing.”