July 6, 2009 | Mark Paradies

When a Hospital Sentinel Event Becomes a Criminal Act

According to an MSNBC story, A surgery technician in Colorado traded her own “dirty” syringes filled with saline solution with ones filled with a powerful painkiller – Fentanyl. This may have lead to 6,000 people potentially being exposed to hepatitis C (nine have tested positive so far).

This certainly was not an “accident” but it would be defined as a sentinel event under JCAHO’s guidelines.

Combining a criminal investigation and a root cause analysis can be difficult, but it can be done. If you would like expert advice on how to do it, contact us and we will have you talk to our experienced criminal investigators with root cause analysis skills.

They can talk to you about coordinating with the police and working with criminal prosecutors.

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