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English grammar questions, answered by Alan
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Dr. McGowan said that a fracture was "really a sentinel event in an older person - any fracture."
Q : What does "sentinel event" mean in the sentence? Does it mean that it often occur?
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Actually, I've never heard this expression, but I imagine that it means something like a 'key event', or possibly a 'warning event'.