Surgery requires that patients place complete trust into the hands of their caregivers – doctors, nurses and staff. Surgical patients trust that staff will follow the strictest safety measures to ensure that the surgery is complete, successful and without error. Community Hospital Anderson’s surgery team is committed to helping reduce surgical errors and improving patient outcomes by taking a time out for every patient, every time.
As required by the Joint Commission, Community Anderson’s surgery team takes a time out before every operative or otherwise invasive procedure. During the time out, surgical team members confirm the patient, the procedure and the surgery.
"This time out is a preventative double check system to make sure we are doing the correct surgery on the correct patient," said Jeff Mason, clinical manager of surgery at Community Anderson. "We review allergies, antibiotics, lab work and images, equipment and all other pertinent items. It's a final check before we begin the actual surgery where all team members pause and review these critical items together."
On National Time Out Day, hospitals 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.
As a team, we can prevent errors by ensuring effective communications and confirming key information about the patient and the procedure.