National Time Out Day
June 11, 2014
Are you and your team committed to conducting a safe, effective time out for every patient, every time?
National Time Out Day 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.
This year, AORN urges members to evaluate how their time out fits into broader efforts to provide high quality care to every patient, every time. A poorly executed time out or lack of team communication may indicate areas for improvement within a safety culture.
Strengthen your “time out” practice
- Sentinel Event Prevention
AORN provides current best practices for preventing sentinel events, learning from “near miss” events, and effectively managing sentinel events that do occur. Use the Wrong Site Surgery collection of resources and take preventative action now.
- Correct Site Surgical Tool Kit
AORN's Correct Site Surgery Tool Kit offers resources to assist health care providers in implementing The Joint Commission's Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure and Wrong Person Surgery™. Free to AORN members*.
- Just Culture Tool Kit - Improve Patient Safety by Creating a Just Culture
Creating a just culture promotes professional accountability and reporting of medical errors, fostering a professional environment that includes processes for improving patient safety through organized analysis. As part of AORN’s commitment to patient safety improvement, we created a a tool kit to help you promote a just culture. Free to AORN members*.
- Human Factors in Health Care Tool Kit
When health care teams work well together, threats and errors can be recognized, prioritized, and managed before an adverse outcome becomes a reality. Free to AORN members*.
- AORN Comprehensive Surgical Checklist
This single surgical checklist includes safety checks outlined in the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist and The Joint Commission’s Universal Protocol to meet accreditation requirements. It is useful in all facility types – hospital ORs, ASCs, and physician offices – and is provided as a Word document to enable adjustments according to practice setting and specialty.
*All AORN Tool Kits are free to members. Learn about AORN membership and other member benefits.
These resources and ideas can help you build awareness of National Time Out Day in your hospital, ASC, or physician office.
- National Time Out Poster 2014
This color poster prints to 8½" x 11". Print and prominently display the poster(s) throughout your perioperative suite to urge the entire surgical team to recommit to safe surgical practices.
- National Time Out Banner 2014
Signing events are a great way to engage all operating room staff. Use this artwork to create a large, eye-catching banner in whatever size best suits your setting.
3' x 5' vertical
5' x 3' horizontal
2' x 4' vertical
4' x 2' horizontal
- National Time Out Cake
Here’s the artwork in a size that can be taken to your specialty baker who can create a cake that’s just right for your signing event.
Blue background or white background
- Get the word out about Time Out Day:
Educate your elected officials on the importance of taking a time out every time.
Send a letter to the editor to share your dedication to patient safety.
Time Out in the News
AORN and Time Out Day were featured in OR Today's June 2014 Cover Story - "Patient Safety and the Surgery Checklist"