The Joint Commission on August 14 released new sentinel event statistics for the first half of 2019.
The latest data also introduce new categories for describing sentinel events, including suicide-related events, surgical or invasive procedure events, anesthesia-related events, and product or device events.
The top five most frequently reported in the first half of 2019 were:
A total of 436 sentinel events were reported. The majority (83%) were voluntarily self-reported by accredited or certified organizations.