A transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), a prion disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a degenerative, always fatal brain disorder that typically occurs in older people. A new variant of CJD (vCJD), caused by mad cow disease, occurs in younger people; most reported cases are in Great Britain. This issue of Sentinel Event Alert focuses on classic CJD. CJD is insidious, taking up to 20 or more years for symptoms to appear, with death taking place within five to 14 months after symptoms present.
Read the Addendum to Sentinel Event Alert Issue 20: Exposure to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
In this addendum, The Joint Commission clarifies the recommendations in Sentinel Event Alert Issue 20: Exposure to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) regarding the recommended practice of quarantining equipment.