TIME-OUTS. IT’S A MATTER OF PATIENT SAFETY
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The Kansas Leadership Conference Center located adjacent to the Kansas Health Foundation provided the venue for the Medical Society of Sedgwick County’s “kick-off” program for surgical and procedural “time outs.” The program was held on Monday, March 17th, 2014 and was co-chaired by Jon Rosell, Executive Director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, and Dr. Randall Morgan, a local obstetrician and gynecologist. CEO’s from Kansas Heart Hospital, Via Christi Health, HCA / Wesley Medical Center and Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center each commented upon the community benefit of “time-outs” and the goal to make Wichita the safest place to have either surgery or a procedure performed. Most importantly, it was pointed out that patients are the greatest benefactors of well scripted, consistently performed, diligently reviewed “time outs.”
Jon Rosell stated that it was unusual for competing healthcare institutions to come together on medical issues but that safety was recognized as priority which embraces core values of all hospitals. Thus, the commitment by Wichita hospitals to embrace the “time-out” protocol was a natural area in which to find consensus.
“Safe and sound,” said Dr. Greg Duick. “We want all our patients to be safe and to do so require sound protocols in our surgical suites, cath labs and ancillary procedural areas. Doctors working with hospital staff have the tools in place to make this challenge a reality.”
Dr. Morgan thanked all of the participants which included surgeons, anesthesiologists, OR personnel, quality assurance employees, cath lab techs and hospital support services. Two informative videos were presented which specified the manner in which “time-outs” were to be performed with adaptations varying slightly between the OR, cath lab and procedural areas. Everyone present felt the time had arrived to embrace this simple but powerful tool in order to secure safety for all our patients.
Dr. Morgan concluded the meeting with a promise to provide follow-up amongst the various institutions as they collectively pursue safety in their individual hospitals.