National Time Out Day 2019 - 15th Anniversary

National Time Out Day

National Time Out Day is June 10, 2020

Safe Surgery Together: For Every Patient, Every Time

Raise Awareness and Recommit to Time Out

June 10, 2020 is a day for every perioperative team member, as patient advocates, to recommit to always stop and perform a time out before every surgery.

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.

Learn More about Time Out Day


National Time Out Day infographic

Download this infographic to share 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

2019 Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone that posted a photo or video showcasing their dedication to National Time Out Day. Here are the contest winners: