Time Out Day is an advocacy tool!
Publish Date: 5/27/2014
National Time Out Day is June 11, 2014, and it is a powerful
tool that supports surgical nurses’ ability to speak up for safe practices in
the operating room. Initiated as an annual awareness campaign by AORN in 2004,
it has been consistently supported by The Joint Commission, the World Health
Organization, and the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) for
its ability to increase awareness of safe practices that lead to optimal
outcomes for patients undergoing surgery and other invasive procedures.
Educating your community about this tool not only enables
them to become better informed patients, but also demonstrates your role in
patient care and dedication to patient safety as the perioperative nurse who
cares for them. AORN is encouraging perioperative nurses to write legislators
about the importance of taking a time out every time. Sending a letter to the
editor of your local papers is simple way to share your dedication to patient
safety with your community. Join over 100 AORN members from Arkansas to
Washington who already contacted their representatives or local paper editors
about Time Out Day!