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National Time Out Day


June 10, 2015

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


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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 

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"

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