Joint Commission: Celebrate National Time Out Day, Curb Surgical Mistakes

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The Joint Commission and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses have issued a statement to urge surgical teams to honor National Time Out Day on June 12 to raise awareness of the use of 'time outs' to help prevent surgical errors.

A 'time out' is utilized by a surgical team prior to the start of a procedure to help prevent wrong-site, wrong-side, wrong-procedure or wrong-person surgery.

Resources for implementing time outs can be found on the AORN website.  

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