Monday, October 09, 2006


1. What is a sentinel event?
Answer: A sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof. Serious injury specifically includes loss of limb or function. The phrase, "or the risk thereof" includes any process variation for which a recurrence would carry a significant chance of a serious adverse outcome.

Such events are called "sentinel" because they signal the need for immediate investigation and response.

2. In major disasters? What patients are the priority of care?
Answer: (1)Selection is based on what can be done to benefit the largest number; (2) Then, assist those with minimal injuries and minimal needs so they can go back to help others and save lives.

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