September 13, 2022

The Joint Commission releases new sentinel event data

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission on September 7 released sentinel event data for the first 6 months of 2022.

Of 832 events reviewed this year from January 1 to June 30, the top 10 most frequently reported were:

  • Falls—199
  • Unintended retention of foreign objects—30
  • Suicides—26
  • Delays in treatment—25
  • Wrong surgery—19
  • Assault/rape/sexual assaults—16
  • Medication management—12
  • Self-harm—11
  • Fires—10
  • Clinical alarm response—7.

Because less than 2% of all sentinel events are reported, no conclusions should be drawn about the actual frequency of these events or trends, The Joint Commission says.

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