2014's top 10 sentinel events so far

The most frequent sentinel event reported to the Joint Commission in the first two quarters of 2014 is unintended retention of a foreign body.

The Joint Commission has reviewed a total of 394 sentinel events so far in 2014. Here are the top 10 sentinel events the organization has reviewed between January and June 2014, based on the number of occurrences:

1. Unintended retention of a foreign body — 57
2. "Other" unanticipated event — 53
3. Fall — 44
4. Suicide — 39
5. Wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure — 35
6. Delay in treatment — 34
7. Criminal event — 29
8. Op/postop complication — 27
9. Perinatal death/injury — 17
10. Medication error — 12

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