TITLE

Expand your mandated pre-procedure timeout to enhance patient safety efforts in the OR

PUB. DATE
April 2007
SOURCE
Same-Day Surgery;Apr2007 Supplement, Vol. 31, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Although the pre-procedure timeout is recognized as an important activity to prevent wrong site surgery, some programs are expanding the timeouts to include more than patient name, procedure, and site. • Staff members believe that pre-surgical briefings improve staff collaboration and communication. • This information should be shared in the briefing: medication administration including prophylactic antibiotics, availability of equipment or blood if needed, and patient allergies. • Checklists on the chart or a whiteboard system in the OR can effectively document the briefing.
ACCESSION #
35474883

 

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