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Finger Lakes Health Celebrates National Time Out Day
Geneva, NY---Finger Lakes Health celebrated the launch of the “Time Out Campaign” organized by The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the largest membership organization of operating room nurses in the United States.

AORN is drawing on its ability to influence patient safety practices in the OR with the national launch of a “Time Out Commitment” campaign. The new, year-round campaign began on National Time Out Day, June 16, and is designed to increase awareness of and compliance to taking a time for every patient, every time before the start of a surgical procedure. Time out allows the entire surgical team to verify the correct person, procedure, and site. Due to the size of its membership, AORN expects the Time Out Commitment campaign to reduce the risk of surgical errors in thousands of hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers across the United States.

Diane Nilles, nurse manager and site administrator for Finger Lakes Surgery Center remarks "we take our responsibility as patient advocates very seriously, here at the Finger Lakes Surgery Center and across the organization. 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 information. It is at the heart of what we do to keep our patients safe....every patient, every time. 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.
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