Joint Commission updates Sentinel Event statistics

Accreditation Connection, August 20, 2010

The Joint Commission released this week its most recent figures for sentinel event reporting. According to The Joint Commission, 6,923 sentinel events have been reviewed by the organization since the sentinel event database was first implemented in January of 1995.

The top ten list of reported sentinel events, in order of most reported since 1995, are:

  • Wrong-site surgery
  • Suicide
  • Operative/post-operative complication
  • Delay in treatment
  • Medication error
  • Patient fall
  • Unintended retention of foreign body
  • Assault, rape or homicide
  • Perinatal death or loss of function
  • Patient death or injury in restraints

In the past year the most reported of these events was unintended retention of a foreign body with 23 cases. To read more on this latest update, click here.

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