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Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 2: Board To Review Modifications To Sentinel Event Procedures

March 20, 1998

sea 13 pol procAt its April 24-25 meeting, the Joint Commission's Board of Commissioners will address modifications to the procedures relating to implementation of the Sentinel Event Policy. Specifically, the board will determine whether an organization which fails to report a sentinel event within the specified time frame (within five days of its occurrence or five days of learning of the occurrence) should nevertheless be provided 30 days from the occurrence or its discovery in which to perform a root cause analysis before becoming at risk for being placed on Accreditation Watch. Second, the board will review a revised definition and specific examples of what constitutes a "reportable" sentinel event. Between April 1 and April 25, the Joint Commission will not place any organization on Accreditation Watch


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