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Sentinel Event Statistics

The list of reportable sentinel events and serious untoward events for private hospitals was revised on 1 January 2015. The reporting criteria for private hospitals and public hospitals are aligned.

Table 1 Sentinel Events
Sentinel Events Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Sep Oct-Dec
1 Surgery / interventional procedure involving the wrong patient or body part - 1(0) - -
2 Retained instruments or other material after surgery / interventional procedure - - 1(0) -
3 ABO incompatibility blood transfusion - - - -
4 Medication error resulting in major permanent loss of function or death - - - -
5 Intravascular gas embolism resulting in death or neurological damage - - - -
6 Death of an in-patient from suicide (including home leave) - - - -
7 Maternal death or serious morbidity associated with labour or delivery - - - -
8 Infant discharged to wrong family or infant abduction - - - -
9 Other adverse events resulting in permanent loss of function or death (excluding complications) - - - -
* Number of fatal cases is indicated in bracket.
Table 2 Serious Untoward Events
Serious Untoward Events Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Sep Oct-Dec
1 Medication error which could have led to death or permanent harm or carries a significant public health risk - - 1(0) 1(0)
2 Patient misidentification which could have led to death or permanent harm - - - -
* Number of fatal cases is indicated in bracket.
Statistics of Sentinel Events and Serious Untoward Events Reported by Private Hospitals in Previous Years