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
- Periop Today article: 4 Steps to Make Time for Time Out
- Outpatient Surgery Magazine: Why Does Wrong-Site Surgery Keep Happening?
- Podcast: Listen to the Joint Commission and AORN CEO Linda Groah discuss the challenges and solutions for an effective Time Out.
- Statement on National Time Out Day: The Joint Commission and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses make time for time out
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
- Inconsistent site marking
- Punitive safety culture
- Time Out process errors
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.