Falls and Object Retention Were the Most Frequently Reported Sentinel Events in 2018

March 20, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Falls and unintended retention of a foreign body were the two most frequently reported sentinel events in 2018, according to a March 13, 2019, alert from Joint Commission. Joint Commission reviewed 801 sentinel events in 2018, the majority (87%) of which were self-reported. A total of 111 reports each were related to falls and unintended retention of a foreign body.

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