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November 2004, Volume 34 Number 11 , p 35 - 35 [FREE]

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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(11)             November 2004             p 35 10 most common sentinel events [Clinical Rounds: NEWS, UPDATE, RESEARCH: SENTINEL EVENTS]

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Sentinel event statistics now include the first half of 2004. As defined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk of death or serious injury.

The JCAHO has maintained a sentinel events database since 1995. That database includes 2,552 reports of sentinel events affecting 2,667 patients. Seventy-five percent of these events resulted in a patient's death.

Sixty-two percent of events occurred in general hospitals; 12% in psychiatric hospitals; 5% in behavioral health care facilities; 5% in psychiatric units in general hospitals; ...

 

Sentinel event statistics now include the first half of 2004. As defined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk of death or serious injury.

 

The JCAHO has maintained a sentinel events database since 1995. That database includes 2,552 reports of sentinel events affecting 2,667 patients. Seventy-five percent of these events resulted in a patient's death.

 

Sixty-two percent of events occurred in general hospitals; 12% in psychiatric hospitals; 5% in behavioral health care facilities; 5% in psychiatric units in general hospitals; and 4% in emergency departments.

 

Below are the 10 most often reported sentinel events and the total for each.

 

1. Patient suicide: 382

 

2. Operative/postoperative complication: 330

 

3. Wrong-site surgery: 310

 

4. Medication error: 291

 

5. Delay in treatment: 172

 

6. Patient fall: 114

 

7. Patient death or injury in restraints: 113

 

8. Assault, rape, or homicide: 89

 

9. Transfusion error: 73

 

10. Perinatal death/loss of function: 71.

 

Sentinel event statistics now include the first half of 2004. As defined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk of death or serious injury.

The JCAHO has maintained a sentinel events database since 1995. That database includes 2,552 reports of sentinel events affecting 2,667 patients. Seventy-five percent of these events resulted in a patient's death.

Sixty-two percent of events occurred in general hospitals; 12% in psychiatric hospitals; 5% in behavioral health care facilities; 5% in psychiatric units in general hospitals; and 4% in emergency departments.

Below are the 10 most often reported sentinel events and the total for each.

1. Patient suicide: 382

2. Operative/postoperative complication: 330

3. Wrong-site surgery: 310

4. Medication error: 291

5. Delay in treatment: 172

6. Patient fall: 114

7. Patient death or injury in restraints: 113

8. Assault, rape, or homicide: 89

9. Transfusion error: 73

10. Perinatal death/loss of function: 71.