The Joint Commission, on April 4, released its Sentinel Event Data 2022 Annual Review, which covered serious adverse events from January 1 through December 31, 2022.
There were 1,441 sentinel events reported in 2022, a 19% increase over 2021, and a 78% increase over 2020, with COVID-19 continuing to present challenges throughout 2022.
The top 10 leading reviewed sentinel event types were:
Failures in communication, teamwork, and consistently following policies were the leading causes for sentinel events, most of which occurred in hospitals (88%).
A total of 20% of sentinel events were linked to patient deaths, 44% with severe temporary harm, and 13% with unexpected additional care and extended stay.Read More >>