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.
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
- Periop Today article: 5 Ways to Improve a Time Out Together
- The Periop Life blog post: Moving the Needle to Zero Wrong-Site Surgeries
- The Joint Commission: National Time Out Day 2019 (video)
Download this infographic to share with your surgical teams.
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
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