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Surgical Team Develops Time Out Checklist

Thu, 10/01/2009 - 5:30am

The surgical team at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla created and implemented a new check list for the Time Out process based on the World Health Organization's three part check list. The hospital designed the check lists to be specialty-specific to address the unique issues of each surgical specialty. To augment their efforts in implementing the check lists by OR teams and improving the Time Out process, the hospital created a video outlining the entire process from pre-induction of the patient to sign out. The video has been used to educate staff and physicians to ensure adherence to the process as well as consistency in utilization of the Time Out process.

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