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The Joint Commission.
Since 1998, The Joint Commission has issued sentinel event alerts in response to unexpected incidents involving death or serious physical or psychological injury (or risk thereof). These events are identified as sentinel due to the gravity of the injury and the need for immediate investigation and response. The goal is often to determine the root causes involved and provide recommendations for future prevention. The Sentinel Event Alert Web site includes a complete library of previous sentinel event alerts, along with related statistics, podcasts, forms, tools, policy and procedures, and a frequently asked questions section reviewing selected recent topics.
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The Joint Commission. Sentinel Event Alert. December 20, 2004;(33):1-2.
Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is a recognized method of controlling pain when administered by credentialed practitioners. However, serious adverse events can result when unauthorized family members, caregivers, or clinicians administer the analgesia for the patient "by proxy." The Joint Commission summarizes the experience of reported PCA incidents and makes recommendations to minimize them.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission.
This newsletter provides guidance to health care organizations for responding to commonly reported incidents. The Joint Commission issues these sentinel event alerts to review selected incidents, determine the root causes involved, and provide a summary of recommendations for future prevention.