The Joint Commission [TJC] has expanded not only the scope of its definition of a sentinel event but who it applies to as well. Since 1996, The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event policy has focused on the unexpected death or injury of a patient, resident or individual receiving care, treatment or services. TJC’s policy now includes staff members, licensed independent practitioners, visitors and vendors while on-site at a healthcare organization. In addition, the types of events included in the reportable information will be expanded to include rape, assault and homicide.
“An incident that occurs on the premises of a health care organization presents security and safety concerns for everyone, including patients, residents, or individuals served. Broadening the list of reviewable sentinel events promotes improved security and safety throughout the overall environment. By identifying these types of incidents as reviewable sentinel events, the organization is required to conduct a root cause analysis and, based on the findings of the analysis, implement actions to help prevent future occurrences,” said The Joint Commission. “The principles of high reliability hold leadership accountable to be uncompromising in its commitment to a culture of safety within the organization. An organizational culture of safety would encompass all people within an organization and not just one group (that is, patients, residents, or individuals served).”
For more information, see TJC’s online article:
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