National Time Out Day
National Time Out Day is June 12, 2019
Safe Surgery Together: For Every Patient, Every Time
Raise Awareness and Recommit to Time Out
June 12, 2019 is a day for every perioperative team member, as patient advocates, to recommit to always stop and perform a time out before every surgery.
Commemorate Time Out Day in Your Facility
Start with taking time to acknowledge and thank all the perioperative professionals who, together as a team, ensure this essential component of patient safety takes place.
Before you cut the cake, ask each perioperative team member to speak up and reaffirm their commitment to a culture of safety and to take the actions necessary to prevent wrong-site, wrong-procedure, and wrong-patient surgeries.
Share Your Team’s Commitment and win in our PHOTO CONTEST! Take a photo of your team commemorating Time Out and share it on Facebook or Instagram using #AORNTimeOut2019 and your team could win!* Be creative and have fun!
Take Action – Speak Up
National Time Out Day raises awareness about a powerful tool that supports nurses’ ability to speak up for safe practices in the operating room.
The Time Out Day observance highlights your critical role in patient care and commitment to safety. It provides an opportunity to educate your community about this important practice so every individual can be a better-informed patient.
Legislators are not often familiar with what happens in an operating room. As legislation comes across their desks that impacts the OR, it is crucial that they understand the role of RN Circulators. AORN encourages perioperative nurses to write to your legislators about the importance of taking a time out for every patient every time and ask them to acknowledge National Time Out Day on June 12 by issuing a proclamation.
- Sample letter to your legislator
- Sample proclamation (make sure you customize for your city and state)
- Sample letter to your local news editor
- Periop Today article: 5 Ways to Improve a Time Out Together
- The Periop Life blog post: Moving the Needle to Zero Wrong-Site Surgeries
If you receive a response from your legislator, please inform Jennifer Pennock, AORN Government Affairs Senior Manager.
* Five winning photos using #AORNTimeOut2019 will be selected on June 12. Each winning team will receive a $100 gift card to celebrate.
Time Out Tip
Schedule a lunch-and-learn among the perioperative team and your facility’s leadership to “walk through” and assess your facility processes that could contribute to wrong-site, wrong-procedure, or wrong-patient surgeries.
Are There Processes to Improve?
According to the Joint Commission, the most common issues involve:
- Errors during scheduling
- Verification/documentation errors
- Inconsistent site marking
- Punitive safety culture
- Time Out process errors