Joint Commission Revises Sentinel Event Definition and Policy, Effective January 1, 2022

Published: 07/23/2021

  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission (TJC) has revised the definition of Sentinel Event and their Sentinel Event Policy, applicable to all TJC accreditation and certification programs (except for Health Care Staffing Services and Integrated Care certification), effective January 1, 2022.

According to TJC, the revisions are intended to clarify an organization’s expected partnership and collaboration with the Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS).   

The revised definitions are inte

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