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Time Out - A Bridge For Your Safety

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What is "Time Out"?

Time Out is a safety check completed immediately before any invasive procedure. The medical team ensures that they are working with the correct patient and performing the correct procedure (on the correct side, if applicable). All team members must agree to the information before proceeding. You may be asleep or sedated when the Time Out occurs. 

What is an invasive procedure?

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • EGD
  • Anesthesia (pain) block
  • Central line placement
  • Chest tube placement         

How do we identify you?

Two patient identifiers are always used:

  • Name
  • Birthdate 

You will be asked many times to state your name and birthdate. We do remember who you are, but repeatedly validating this information is how we keep you safe. 

How do we know what procedure you are having done?

  • We have a completed consent form that you have signed and dated in the presence of a witness and that your physician has also signed.
  • Each team member will also ask you what procedure you are having done. 

How do we ensure all team members agree to the information presented?

During a Time Out, all activity in the room stops. Your name, birthdate and procedure (including site and side) are read aloud. When asked if they agree, all team members must say “Yes” before activity can resume.