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Enhanced time out: an improved communication process.

Nelson PE. Enhanced Time Out: An Improved Communication Process. AORN J. 2017;105(6). doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2017.03.014.

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June 21, 2017
Nelson PE. AORN J. 2017;105.

The Universal Protocol requires hospitals to adopt time outs as a strategy to prevent wrong-site surgeries. This commentary describes how one organization combined elements of time outs and the surgical safety checklist to augment communication and teamwork in surgical settings. Implementation of the enhanced time out involved targeted education and clarity around surgical roles and responsibilities.

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Nelson PE. Enhanced Time Out: An Improved Communication Process. AORN J. 2017;105(6). doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2017.03.014.