Quality & Patient Safety

Object retention, falls lead 2016 sentinel events

Patient Safety Monitor, October 1, 2016

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Sentinel events involving falls and the unintended retention of a foreign body were neck and neck through the first half of 2016, according to a release from The Joint Commission.

Both types of sentinel events were reported 52 times during the first two quarters of 2016. Surgical errors involving the wrong-patient, wrong-site, or wrong procedure were reported 47 times, and patient suicide represented 44 sentinel events.

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