Joint Commission Releases 1995-2010 Data on Sentinel Events

The Joint Commission has published data on sentinel events across different kinds of healthcare venues.

The data was collected over a fifteen-year period from 1995-2010. Results from the data collection on sentinel events include the following:

•    The Joint Commission reviewed a total of 7,391 sentinel events.
•    From 2004-2010, hospitals experienced 3,097 sentinel events, compared to ambulatory surgery centers, which experienced 189 sentinel events.
•    From 2004-2010, falls, medication errors, medical equipment-related incidents, op/post-op complications, unintended retention of a foreign body and suicide were among the highest categories for sentinel events.

Read the data summary on sentinel events (pdf).

Read other coverage about adverse events:

- 10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals and Other Providers

- 7 Steps to Maintaining OSHA Compliance

- Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2011

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