Sentinel Event


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Sentinel Event - short version

Healthcare term for any event not consistent with the desired, normal or usual operation of the organization; also known as an adverse event.



Sentinel Event - long version

A Sentinel Event is defined 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.



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