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5 ways reporting sentinel events improves patient safety

According to The Joint Commission, 70 percent of sentinel events it reviews are self-reported. The following are five reasons why sentinel event reporting improves patient safety in accredited healthcare organizations.

1. It contributes to data on frequency and severity of specific sentinel events, which helps prevent future occurrences.

2. It requires a root cause analysis, which helps the organization know what went wrong to cause the sentinel event.

3. Transparency facilitates shared learning between the accrediting body and providers, as well as among providers, surrounding safety improvements in patient care.

4. It helps organizations analyze and reconfigure workflow for more efficient processes and safer outcomes.

5. It indicates and encourages a blame-free culture of transparency, which fosters a culture of safety.

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