Joint Commission, AORN statement on National Time Out Day stresses importance of visible site marking
Despite decades focused on preventing wrong site surgery, it continues to occur at a predictable rate. National Time Out Day, on June 14, brings renewed attention for everyone on the surgical team to pause before a surgical procedure begins to ensure it is the right site, right procedure, and right person.
For this year’s National Time Out Day — on June 14 — the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and The Joint Commission are focusing on the full attention of all team members during the Time Out. In a joint statement, they stress the importance of and ways to help ensure meaningful, accurate and visible site marking.
“While wrong site surgery is rare, one occurrence is one too many,” stated Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, FACS, chief patient safety officer and medical director, The Joint Commission. “Together, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical technologists and other members of the surgical team must work together to prevent this type of adverse event. We need to approach every surgical case as if it could be the wrong site surgery one and make every effort from preop to postop to prevent such an adverse event from occurring.”
Read the full statement.