National Time Out Day
National Time Out Day is June 9, 2021
Safe Surgery Together: For Every Patient, Every Time
Raise Awareness and Recommit to Patient Safety
The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist helps ensure that important safety steps are reliably followed for each and every operation.
Many of the checks included are already routine in some institutions, but the World Health Organization has found that in most hospitals there are opportunities for improvement in consistency. While most, or all, of the items on the WHO Checklist may already be done at your hospital, very few operating teams accomplish them all consistently, even in the most advanced settings.
Use June 9th, National Time Out Day, as an opportunity to review your time out practice with your entire team.
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.
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
Speak Up, Reach Out for Safe Surgery Together
AORN nurses are committed to 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.