Top 10 sentinel events in 2014

The most common sentinel event that was reported to the Joint Commission last year was unintended retention of a foreign body.

The Joint Commission reviewed 764 total sentinel events in 2014. The following are the top 10 sentinel events that occurred in that time period:

1. Unintended retention of a foreign body: 112

2. Fall: 91

3. Suicide: 82

4. Other unanticipated event (including asphyxiation, burn, choked on food, drowned or found unresponsive): 73

4. Delay in treatment: 73

6. Wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure: 67

7. Op/post-op complication: 52

8. Criminal event: 47

9. Perinatal death/injury: 32

10. Infection-related event: 12

In 2013, the most common sentinel event was delay in treatment, followed by wrong-patient, wrong-side or wrong-procedure events.

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