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Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 8: Preventing Restraint Deaths

November 18, 1998

Senitinel Event Alert Issue 8This Sentinel Event Alert has been retired. This publication addressed restraint, which is covered in the standards on restraint and seclusion, and therapeutic holds. Restraint-related death or injury (i.e., permanent or severe temporary harm) is a sentinel event, as defined by The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event policy, which requires organizations to conduct an immediate comprehensive systematic analysis and respond to the event. This continuing safety issue may be addressed in future Joint Commission publications or other media..