Local nurses help keep patients safe


Patient safety is the hallmark of nursing care. Taking care of patients in the operating room means watching over a population who cannot speak up for themselves while anesthetized or medicated.

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.

Keeping patients safe is my priority as a nurse working in the operating room. Recognizing this day and knowing that caregivers speak up for safety it is a testament to the excellent care provided to patients during any surgical procedure.

This year, National Time Out day was June 14.