A sentinel event is defined by the American healthcare accreditation organization The Joint Commission (TJC) as any unanticipated event in a healthcare setting resulting in death or serious physical or psychological injury to a patient or patients, not related to the natural course of the patient's illness. Sentinel events specifically include loss of a limb or gross motor function and any event for which a recurrence would carry a risk of a serious adverse outcome. Sentinel events are identified under TJC accreditation policies to help aid in root cause analysis and to assist in the development of preventative measures.
Documenting a Sentinel Event:
1. Log in to your Student role, navigate to the opportunity with the sentinel event, and open your opportunity by clicking Begin Documentation.
2. You will default to the Overview tab. Click the red Sentinel Event button on the top right.
3. Add your comment.
4. Save when finished.
Note: Once you have added a sentinel event, it cannot be removed.