Accreditation

Sentinel event statistics for 2018

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2019

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The Joint Commission (TJC) has released its full sentinel event data for 2018. Published annually in the March edition of Perspectives, TJC uses these statistics to determine areas of concern for the upcoming year.

“The trend for the most frequently reported sentinel events remains generally unchanged,” wrote Gerard M. Castro, PhD, MPH, Joint Commission project director of patient safety initiatives. “Organizations should continue their work toward minimizing risks associated with these types of events, but also strengthen systems and processes that keep patients safe, such as reporting and learning from close calls, teamwork, and improving safety culture.”

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