March 1, 2018

Joint Commission updates sentinel event stats for 2017

By: Judy Mathias

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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