National Time Out Day

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 11, 2015

Yesterday was National Time Out Day. Started in 2004 by the Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN), as an exercise to encourage surgical nurses to take a “time out” before surgical procedures and ensure safe practices were in place, such as identifying the correct patient, procedure, and surgical site before the surgical procedure began.

The emphasis this year was to encourage nurses and the rest of the healthcare time to analyze how their time outs affect patients at all times.

Visit the AORN website for more information.

Does your team take a “time out” before beginning a procedure either invasive or non-invasive? Do you find yourself taking a “time out” throughout your day to ensure you’re following correct safety procedures?

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