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Time Out Day celebrated by perioperative nurses across the country

Publish Date: 6/23/2014

Perioperative nurses around the country celebrated Time Out Day on June 11, 2014 by educating legislators and the public about the importance of taking a time out for every patient, every time.

National Time Out Day 2014 

Over 350 letters to the editor were submitted to nurses’ local papers. The letters described the seriousness of wrong patient, wrong site, and wrong procedure surgery, and then explained how taking a time out is essential to patient safety. Read a handful of letters from Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Time Out Day was even featured in a Sunday edition of the Omaha World-Herald.

Additionally, almost 200 letters were sent to state legislators. Many AORN members received responses from elected officials thanking them for the information and their efforts to keep patients safe.

Time Out is an important tool for ensuring patient safety. Educating your community about this tool not only enables them to become better-informed patients, but also demonstrates your role in patient care and your dedication to patient safety as the perioperative nurse who cares for them. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send these important letters.

Pictures and more letters can be found on the AORN Government Affairs Facebook page

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