October 4, 2021

The Joint Commission posts new sentinel event data

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission, on September 29, released new sentinel event data for the first 6 months of 2021.

The summary data of sentinel event statistics for the first half of 2021 covers 16,695 incidents reported from 1995 through June 30, 2021.


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Of these sentinel events:

  • 47% led to patient deaths
  • 24% led to additional care
  • 11% led to severe temporary harm
  • 6% led to permanent loss of function
  • 2% led to permanent harm
  • 2% led to psychological impact.

The Joint Commission reviewed 569 sentinel events from January 1 through June 30, 2021—516 were voluntarily reported by an accredited or certified organization, and 53 were reported by patients, or their families, or employees of the organization.

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