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Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 26: Delays in treatment

June 17, 2002
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sea 35 med recWhile hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) are the source of just over one-half of all reported sentinel event cases of patient death or permanent injury due to delays in treatment, Joint Commission sentinel event data reveal that such serious problems can occur in any hospital unit, as well as in other health care settings. Of the 55 reported cases of delays in treatment, 29 were ED-related, while 26 cases originated in hospital intensive care units, medical-surgical units, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, freestanding and hospital-based ambulatory care services, the operating room and in the home care setting. Of the 55 cases of delays in treatment, 52 resulted in patient death.

 

 
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