National Time Out Day Recognized by The Joint Commission and AORN

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Wrong-Site Surgery Avoidance

via Hope Rachel Hetico RN MHA

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According to Elizabeth Eaken Zhani, Media Relations Manager, in a letter sent to thousands of peri-operative nurses across the country, The Joint Commission and the Association of peri-operative Registered Nurses (AORN) are urging health care practitioners and organizations to recognize National Time Out Day to help draw attention to the time out as a tool for the prevention of wrong-site, wrong-side, wrong-procedure or wrong-person surgery.

National Time Out Day

In honor of National Time Out Day, AORN and The Joint Commission ask all immediate members of the surgical team and the organizations where they work to commit to conducting a safe, effective time out for every patient, for every surgical procedure.


A wrong-site surgery should never happen and when it does it can be devastating for the patient, the surgical team and the health care organization.

National Time  Out Day, an annual event is meant to heighten awareness of the importance of the “time out,” the process a surgical team utilizes prior to the start of a surgical procedure to prevent a wrong-site, wrong-side, wrong-procedure or wrong-person surgery.


National Time Out Day will be celebrated in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers [ASCs] on this June 12th, 2013.


Resources for celebrating National Time Out day are available on the AORN website



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