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Updated sentinel event stats for ’09

Here’s the latest data on the 10 most frequently reported sentinel events as tracked by JCAHO.

Reported events Jan.1 through Sept. 30, 2009:

  • Wrong-site surgery — 126
  • Unintended retention of foreign body — 97
  • Delay in treatment — 94
  • Operative/Post-op complications — 79
  • Suicide — 72
  • Patient fall — 65
  • Medication error — 34
  • Assault, rape or homicide — 27
  • Perinatal death or loss of function — 26
  • Patient death or injury in restraints — 9

Since JCAHO started tracking sentinel events in ’95, more than 6,500 patients have been affected, with 68% of the events resulting in death.

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