Joint Commission Revises Certain Definitions in Sentinel Event Policy, Effective July 1, 2021

Published: 12/03/2020

  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS) has announced revisions to definitions related to rape, assault and homicide in TJC’s Sentinel Event Policy, effective July 1, 2021 for all accreditation programs.

The revisions are intended to provide clarity around when to apply which definition versus when to consider the footnote related to death, permanent harm, or severe temporary harm.

For each revised definition, TJC differentiates among sexual abuse/assault, physic

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