Wednesday letters: Due care is a must during any surgery

June 11, 2014 

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Today, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country will observe National Time Out Day. Taking a “time out” to confirm correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site and other important information before every operative and other invasive procedure is a requirement of the Joint Commission. Despite the requirement, 40 to 60 wrong-site surgeries likely occur in the United States each week.

Time Out Day was created by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses in 2004 to raise awareness about the importance of requiring the entire surgical team to pause before all invasive procedures to communicate as a group and confirm key information about the patient and procedure to help prevent errors.

Wrong patient, wrong site, wrong procedures are sentinel events, described by the Joint Commission as “an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof.” To perioperative nurses, they are tragedies. That is why, as a perioperative nurse, I commemorate National Time Out Day with this public commitment to my patients, their loved ones and the surgical community that I will always take time out for every patient, every time.

Ivonne Moore

Sumter

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