Taking a ‘time out’ for patient safety
I am a registered nurse working in the ambulatory surgery unit at Bon Secours Saint Mary's Hospital in Richmond, VA.
For a surgical patient, their family members and friends, a wrong patient, wrong site, or wrong surgical procedure is devastating. As a perioperative RN, I'm committed to helping reduce surgical errors and improve patient outcomes by taking a time out for every patient, every time. By taking a "time out" before operative and other invasive procedures, a requirement of The Joint Commission, surgical team members confirm the patient, the procedure and the surgery.
Every year, on National Time Out Day, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country are reminded to evaluate the quality of their operating rooms' time out process. Time Out Day was established by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to support the protocol and build greater awareness for this important pre-op step among surgical team members.
I advocate for patient safety every day for each of my patients!