July 1, 2007

Timeout: It’s as easy as apple pie!

By: Charlene Bennett, RN, MS

The timeout protocol is an essential step before any invasive procedure to prevent wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong person surgery. The pause also allows for the antibiotic to be given and charted, implants to be checked for accuracy, and equipment to be assessed for functionality. The timeout protocol is a Joint Commission mandate with required items that must be identified accurately by all 3 disciplines: nursing staff, anesthesia provider,…

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