Sentinel Events

Course Details:

  • Category: Facility Management
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Target Audience: All Employees

Course Overview: A sentinel event as defined by the Joint Commission is, "an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof." It is important to realize that not all sentinel events stem from an error, and not all errors are sentinel events. To minimize sentinel events it is important for healthcare professionals to be trained to understand the many causes and contributing factors.

Training Includes:

  • Defining Sentinel Events

Types of Sentinel Events

  • Patient Safety Event
  • Adverse Event
  • Sentinel Event
  • Close Call or "Near Miss"

  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Contributing Factors
  • Four Goals of a Sentinel Event Policy
  • Reporting Sentinel Events
  • Guiding Principles of Patient Safety Systems
  • Proactive Approaches
  • Assessing Risks
  • Corrective Action Plans