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Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 8: Preventing Restraint Deaths

November 18, 1998

Senitinel Event Alert Issue 8Since the Joint Commission began tracking sentinel events two years ago, the Accreditation Committee of the Joint Commission's Board of Commissioners has reviewed 20 cases related to deaths of patients who were being physically restrained. For each of the events reviewed, a root cause analysis was completed. Most of the events occurred in psychiatric hospitals, followed by general hospitals and long term care facilities.


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