Time Out-Surgical Patient Safety

At Harrison Medical Center, we are committed to conducting a safe, effective “time out” for every patient, every time. Taking a formal “time out” supports The Joint Commission’s Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure and Wrong Person Surgery™. The surgical teams at Harrison Medical Center use comprehensive surgical checklists:

  • Before the induction of anesthesia
  • Before the skin incision
  • Before the patient leaves the operating room

Universal Protocols and elements from the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist are the resources used in developing time out checklists. These checklists include items such as:

  • Patient confirmation
  • Time for open dialogue
  • Instrument counts

National Time Out Day is held each year to underscore team members’ ability to speak up for safe practices in the operating room. Initiated as an annual awareness campaign by Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (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, Harrison Medical Center is expanding National Time Out Day to a full week (June 11-15) for our surgical staff to evaluate how “time out” fits into their efforts to provide high quality care to every patient, every time.