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National Time Out Day 2005

Promoting Patient Safety in our ORs

Hospitals Call “Time Out”


June 22, was proclaimed National Time Out Day by AORN, the Assoc. of Perioperative Registered Nurses. The event focused on safe medication administration in the OR and encouraged health professionals to take a “time out” before each surgical procedure to review a check list ensuring patient safety procedures are being followed.


OR nurses at Princeton had a fun in-service to call attention to the JCAHO Safety Standard for Elimination of Wrong Site, Wrong Patient, Wrong Procedure.  Surgery nurse manager Jan Howell posted pictures of clocks with slogans, such as "It's about time" and "Time is coming" throughout the surgery area.  A “time out” quiz and stickers were distributed along with whistles to call for a “time out” for patient safety. 


Across town, health care professionals at Montclair marked National Time Out Day with a check for the correct patient, correct physician, correct procedure and correct medications before each procedure. Nurses in surgical services at Montclair wore black-and-white striped referee shirts with sport whistles to encourage participation by all of the staff in time out.  Participants declared the day as a successful -- and fun -- way to encourage good patient safety measures.

Baptist Montclair
From left to right: Becky Drake, Debra McDaniel, Sharon Hadley and Mark Sorensen