Identifying and definitional attributes
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A sentinel event is a particular type of serious incident that is wholly preventable and has caused serious harm to, or the death of, a patient.
To be classified a sentinel event, a strict set of criteria need to be met:
Sentinel events are further specified into eight events:
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Sentinel events definitions can vary across jurisdictions.
Reporting is at the national, state and territory level.
The list of specified events corresponds to what is listed in the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS) (PC 2022)
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
PC (Productivity Commission) (2022) Report on Government Services. Canberra: PC. Viewed 22 June 2022, https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services
ACSQHC (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care) 2018. Australian sentinel events list (version 2) - Development and specifications. Canberra: ACSQHC. Viewed 22 June 2022, https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/publications-and-resources/resource-library/australian-sentinel-events-list-version-2-development-and-specifications
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Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.2.3–Sentinel events, 2020
Establishment—number of sentinel events, total N[NNN]
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