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Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 3: Board of Commissioners Affirms Support For Sentinel Event Policy

May 1, 1998

sea 13 pol procAt its April 24-25 meeting, the Joint Commission's Board of Commissioners approved the following:

  • A more detailed definition of sentinel event occurrences reportable to the Joint Commission on a voluntary basis.
  • Procedural revisions to assist organizations in complying with the policy.
  • Initial remedial strategies to minimize the risk of discoverability of information relating to sentinel events.
  • Continued exploration of mechanisms to close identified gaps in confidentiality protections.
  • A provision for the on-site review of root cause analyses or relevant information.
  • A 30-day period (from date of sentinel event or becoming aware of it) to submit root cause analysis for organizations that do not voluntarily self report.



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