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Safe Surgery Practices Celebrated at APD

June 13, 2014

Lebanon, NH –Alice Peck Day Health Systems (APD) celebrated the 10th anniversary of national day aimed at improving quality in surgery on Wednesday, June 11th.

Known as National Surgical Time Out Day, the annual event provides an opportunity for APD to remind medical staff of the daily importance of working to reduce wrong-site, side, patient, and procedure surgeries. Every day before every surgery occurs, all APD medical staff take a “time out” to confirm the correct patient, site, side and procedure is about to be undertaken.

“We use time outs in every operation at APD as part of our overall emphasis on quality,” said Phyllis Barrell, RN, the Director of the Operating Room at APD. “National Time Out Day gave us a chance to remind everyone of the importance of this step in surgical procedures, and to do so in lighthearted but thoughtful way,” she said.

APD medical staff wore bright orange surgical caps throughout the day with the words “Time Out” to celebrate the occasion.

To learn more about national Time Out Day, please visit the website for the National Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

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