Joint Commission Releases Sentinel Event Data for 2017

March 7, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​​​​​On February 28, 2018, Joint Commission released its sentinel event statistics for 2017, reporting 805 events. Most commonly reported was unintended retention of a foreign body (116 events) and least commonly reported was self-inflicted injury (18 events). Other sentinel events reported (in descending order of frequency) were falls; wrong-patient or wrong-site incidents and wrong procedures; suicide; delay in treatment; other unanticipated events (including asphyxiation, burns, choking on food, drowning, and being found unresponsive); criminal events; medication errors; and operative or postoperative complications.

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