Uptick in Adverse Events Reported to The Joint Commission in 2022

 April 18, 2023

New report finds a 19% increase during 2022 as compared to 2021 and pre-pandemic
Falls are the most prevalent sentinel events according to a report from The Joint Commission. Of all reported adverse events at healthcare organizations in 2022, 44% resulted in severe temporary harm and 20% resulted in a patient death.
The top five categories:
  • Falls (42%)
  • Delays in treatment (6%)
  • Foreign object retention (6%)
  • Undergoing the incorrect surgery (6%)
  • Suicide (5%)
The Commission found that the most common causes of these adverse events that result in harmful outcomes are failures in communication, teamwork and adherence to policies.
ISMIE provides guidance on what to do to limit risks from falls, the number one type of sentinel event. Finding ways to reduce or eliminate falls helps to ensure better patient safety and lowers a significant liability risk.
For more information, please contact the Risk Management Division by email.
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