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Finger Lakes Health Celebrates National Time Out Day June 12, 2013
Prior to the start of every surgical procedure, the surgical team of an anesthesiologist, a surgical technician, a perioperative nurse or nurse circulator and the surgeon will pause to confirm the patient, the surgical site, and the procedure are all accurate. The pause is called “Time Out” and while the practice may seem like common sense to lay people, a recent report by The Joint Commission indicates errors such as wrong patient, wrong surgery site, and wrong procedure were the third most frequent sentinel event in 2010.

To help remind its entire surgical team how vital Time Out is to the safety of their patients, Finger Lakes Health collaborated with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to promote National Time Out Day on June 12. AORN launched National Time Out Day in 2004 to support the protocol and build greater awareness among surgical team members. Its goal is to prevent errors by ensuring all physicians, nurses, and surgical technologists pause before all invasive procedures so they can communicate as a group and confirm key information about the patient and procedure.

Clinical staff and physicians involved in any invasive procedure across all facilities of Finger Lakes Health, are committed to taking a "Time Out" for Patient Safety...every patient, every day.

Diane Nilles, nurse manager and site administrator for Finger Lakes Surgery Center remarks “National Time Out Day is celebrated in healthcare facilities across the country. It’s a day to recognize health care teams for the critical role they play in patient safety, and to educate the public in our communities on the measures taken to protect them while in our care. A team "Time Out, very similar to the Flight Safety Check conducted in the aviation industry, focuses the entire surgical/procedural team immediately prior to commencing an invasive procedure; to confirm correct patient identification, surgical procedure plan, surgical site, and other patient-specific care information. It is at the heart of what we do to keep our patients safe....every patient, every day. Our patients depend on us to take "Time Out" for their safety."

Finger Lakes Health is a community owned, not-for-profit health system that provides a full range of acute and long term care health services to residents of the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York. Services are provided on three campuses located in Geneva, NY (Ontario County), Waterloo, NY (Seneca County) and Penn Yan, NY (Yates County). The 660-bed health system is governed by a common Board of Directors and is served by a common management team. With 75 active staff physicians, the health system offers a broad range of primary, specialty and sub-specialty services to residents of the Finger Lakes region.

AORN represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards, and practice resources—including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN Journal—to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN’s 40,000 registered nurse members manage, teach, and practice perioperative nursing, are enrolled in nursing education or are engaged in perioperative research.
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