TJC releases sentinel events report

The Joint Commission in April released a report on sentinel events between 2004 and 2011, during which time there were nearly 4,000 sentinel events in hospitals and some 2,200 in other facilities and venues.

The data in the report note that in 2011, there were more than 1,200 events, about three-fourths of which were self-reported, about 160 came to the attention of The Joint Commission in some other fashion, and about 25 were reported in the media.

Over the last five years, the number of reported reviewable events has steadily increased, from 790 in 2007 to 1,243 last year.

The complete report is available at http://www.jointcommission.org/sentinel_event.aspx.