March 25, 2021

The Joint Commission releases 2020 sentinel event statistics

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Joint Commission, on March 24, released its sentinel event statistics for 2020, which totaled 794.

The top five most frequently reported events were:

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  • Falls: 170
  • Unintended retention of a foreign object: 106
  • Suicide: 81
  • Delay in treatment: 76
  • Wrong-site surgery: 68.

The Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety works with organizations to identify contributing factors and actions that can be taken to reduce risks.


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