Over a period of 6.5 years, doctors in Colorado operated on the wrong part of the body of 107 patients, according to the study, which appears in the Archives of Surgery. Surgeons committed eight times as many operating room mistakes during simulated procedures when distractions and interruptions were introduced, according to Medpage Today.
The Joint Commission has published The Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, and Wrong Person Surgery™ as guidance for health care professionals to reduce mistakes made in the operating room. The document recommends performing a time-out before the procedure is started until all questions or concerns are resolved.
L&H Companies has recently developed a Time Out Surgical Patient Care Sign to meet the demands of surgical departments to improve communication and reduce medical errors in the operating room.
The Time Out Sign is positioned at the entrance to the operating room where the Joint Commission recommends surgeons conduct a time-out immediately before starting the invasive procedure or making the incision. The primary goal of the Time Out Sign is to eliminate the occurrence of wrong site and wrong procedure errors. Over sized sliding icons indicating if the procedure is to be performed on the left or right side of the patient’s body slide and lock into place.
The sign is equipped with a white board on the front door to indicate the procedure to be performed. There is also an insert indicating a bilateral procedure that can be removed if left or right is to be performed. Secondary sliding icons with additional patient conditions such as No Venipuncture left or right arm, allergy precautions, no latex, Do Not Resuscitate, and no intraveneous blood provide additional communication between caregivers.Hospitals can choose from a library of over 60 patient conditions to be indicated, customizing the sign to their needs.
If your hospital is searching for solutions to better comply with The Universal Protocol & help prevent wrong site or wrong procedure surgical mistakes, please contact us about The Time Out Surgical Patient Care Sign.