NAHAM has long been looking into patient identity integrity issues and advocating for greater consistency in hospital procedure. To that end, a recognized best practice for hospital care is taking Time Outs for Safety. These can be useful at the check in desk to ensure proper patient identification, at the bedside before giving medication, or even in the operating room before making an incision.
In that spirit, the Joint Commission is teaming up with the Association of periOperative nurses to observe National Time Out Day on June 12th, 2013. The Joint Commission sent out a letter urging healthcare practitioners to recognize National Time Out Day. While their specific focus is on wrong-procedure or wrong-person surgery, the idea of National Time Out Day is something that can be adapted for patient safety by any healthcare professional.
Read more about National Time Out Day on the Joint Commission website here.