Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in June of 2002 whose mission is “To Support Healing and Restore Hope” to patients, families, and clinicians who have been affected by an adverse medical event.
Medically induced trauma is an unexpected outcome that occurs during medical and/or surgical care that affects the emotional well being of the patient, family member, or clinician. MITSS achieves its mission by:
- Creating Awareness and Education -- MITSS provides education to the healthcare community on the uniqueness of medically induced trauma, the broad scope of its impact, and the crucial need for support services through participation and sponsorship of forums, local and national conferences, and through the media.
- Direct Support Services to Patients, Families, and Clinicians -- MITSS provides educational support groups for patients and their families who have been affected by medical error or unanticipated outcomes led by a clinical psychologist. MITSS also provides support groups for nursing professionals finding themselves at the “sharp end” of an adverse medical event.
- Advocacy for Action -- We encourage and consult with healthcare institutions in developing infrastructures for clinician peer support systems. We also assist in developing a referral process to the MITSS program for patients and families
To create awareness, promote open and honest communication, and to provide services to patients, families, and clinicians affected by medically induced trauma.
Our vision is for all those involved in a medically induced trauma to have access to support services. We envision a more compassionate, people-centered healthcare system.