National Time Out Day for Patient Safety

National Time Out Day was held on June 12th in hospitals in Connecticut, and across the country.

Taking a “time out” means for hospital staff to confirm the correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site, and other important details before any operation or other invasive procedure. The “time out” is a requirement of The Joint Commission Universal Protocol.

Despite that requirement, U.S. hospitals are still averaging between 40 to 60 wrong-site surgeries per week. National Time Out Day began in 2004 as an idea from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. It’s all about raising the awareness of requiring the entire surgical team to pause before all procedures to communicate as a group. The goal is to confirm key information about the patient and the procedure to help prevent Connecticut Medical Malpractice errors from occurring.

The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm commend the medical professionals that participate in the required “Time Out” before procedures. Our firm believes that doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect the well-being of patients. Failure to do so could be considered negligent, and anyone who has suffered because of such a mistake is encouraged by the firm to explore their legal rights.