March 1, 2018

Joint Commission updates sentinel event stats for 2017

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission on February 28 announced the update of its sentinel event statistics for 2017.

Of 805 reports reviewed, the Top 10 events most frequently reported included:


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  • unintended retention of a foreign body−116 events (first place)
  • wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure−95 events (third place)
  • medication error−32 events (eighth place)
  • operative/postoperative complication−19 events (ninth place).

The Joint Commission has collected a total of 13,688 sentinel event reports from January 1995 through 2017, an estimated fewer than 2% of all sentinel events.

 

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