Tag: Surgical Safety Checklist

State of the huddle: The barriers to and benefits of preop meetings

Complex problems do not always require complex solutions. Consider the surgical safety checklist. In 2020, more than a decade after the World Health Organization (WHO) started advocating that every hospital use the checklist, research from PSNET found that more than 90% of ORs in countries with a high human development…

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By: Maya Ber-Lerner
June 24, 2024

Leadership session: Empowering Your Team to Ensure Patient Safety

Editor's Note What is a hard stop? “Think about it,” Amy Bethel, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, education coordinator for the OR Business Management Conference, urged this year’s OR Manager Conference attendees. “You all know what a hard stop is, and I know all of you have had hard stops. But…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 20, 2023

Improving situational awareness in ASCs

Situational awareness is the perception of events occurring around a person in a particular environment. Knowing what is happening helps that person make better decisions. But how does that apply in the perioperative context? In 2004, The Joint Commission made situational awareness the cornerstone of its surgical timeout requirement. The…

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By: Jeff Robbins
March 17, 2023

June 8 is National Time Out Day

Editor's Note National Time Out Day, June 8, draws attention to the need for everyone on the surgical team to pause before a surgical procedure begins to make sure they are doing the right procedure on the right patient at the right site. AORN created the National Time Out Day…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2022

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