National Time Out Day raises awareness of the need to conduct a time out for every patient, every time. National Time Out Day began in 2004 as an awareness campaign by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and is supported by The Joint Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) for its ability to increase awareness of safe practices for patients undergoing surgical procedures. This year, the AORN encourages evaluation of your time out procedure and how it fits into your broader patient safety efforts. Missouri Center for Patient Safety recognizes time outs as a best practice for reducing surgical errors.
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