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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 which is completed immediately before any invasive procedure which includes
  • Identification of correct patient
  • Identification of correct procedure (including correct side)
  • Agreement of all team members involved in your care during this procedure
You may be asleep or sedated when the Time Out occurs. 

What is an invasive procedure?

Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Surgeries
  • Colonoscopies
  • EGD’s
  • Anesthesia (Pain) Block
  • Central Line Placement
  • Chest Tube Placement

How do we identify you?

  • 2 patient identifiers are ALWAYS used
    • Name
    • Birthdate
  • You will be asked  OVER and OVER to state your name and birthdate.
  • We do remember who you are, but this is how we keep you safe. 

How do we know what you are having done?

  • A completed consent form is available signed by you, witnessed, dated, and signed by your physician.
  • Each team member will also ask you to tell them what you are having done today.
Remember this is done to keep you safe!

The last element of a Time Out is to prevent wrong site/side surgery  

  • We do this by asking does everyone AGREE?
NOTE: All activities STOP during a Time Out
  1. This is: Name: John Doe, Birthdate: 1/1/1945
  2. Procedure: Left Total Knee
  3. Are we in agreement?   "Yes,"  "Yes,"  "Yes"