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National Time Out Day

National Time Out Day June 8, 2022

“Making time for Time Out is critical to assuring safe surgery for every patient, every time.”

– AORN Executive Director/CEO, Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN

A significant uptick in wrong site surgeries over the past three years indicates teams are not giving enough time for a consistent and fully engaged Time Out.  On this year’s National Time Out Day, take the focus off efficiency to focus as a team on your patient.

To achieve and maintain best practices in your Time Out,

  • Conduct an audit to determine how engaged team members are in every step of the Time Out as part of the Surgical Safety Checklist established at your facility.
  • Review Time Out observations as a team
  • Test Time Out improvements
  • Enlist a Time Out Champion on every team

Learn More about Time Out Day

Share these posters with your surgical teams.

 

National Time Out Day 2019
 
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.


Why Time Outs Matter

According to the Joint Commission, the most common issues involve:

  • Errors during scheduling
  • Verification/documentation errors
  • Distractions/rushing
  • Inconsistent site marking
  • Punitive safety culture
  • Time Out process errors


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Make Time and Speak Up for Safe Surgery Together

National Time Out Day is a powerful tool that supports nurses’ ability to speak up for safe practices in the operating room. In addition to serving as an annual reminder of the ongoing importance of the Time Out in preventing avoidable harm in the operating room, the day provides an opportunity to educate your community about this important practice so they can be better informed patients.

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, particularly as advocates for safe surgery. The Time Out Day observance highlights your role in patient care and commitment to patient safety as the perioperative nurse caring for your patients. AORN encourages perioperative nurses to write to your legislators about the importance of taking a time out for every patient every time.

If you receive a response from your legislator, please let Jennifer Pennock, AORN Government Affairs Senior Manager, know.

TAKE ACTION

Letter to the Editor

Want to go a step further? Send a letter to the editor of your local paper! Your friends and neighbors may not be familiar with what happens in an operating room. The Time Out Day observance highlights your role in patient care and commitment to patient safety as the perioperative nurse caring for your patients.  

Contact Jennifer Pennock for sample text and instructions for submitting your letter electronically to your local paper.