Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Time Out Day

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Apparently it's National Time Out Day...

No we don't have a bunch of rowdy 6-year-olds in the hospital (though it seems that way sometimes)

It's a partnership of the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Saftey and the Joint Commision, and other organizations such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, among other groups to improve safety in the operating rooms and prevent wrong site and wrong side surgery. (There have been several tragic cases of the wrong limb being amputated... etc. gah!)

For some reason National Time Out Day was June 25th in 2004, June 22 in 2005, June 21 in 2006 and June 20 in 2007. Really it's National Time Out Day-somewhere-in-middle-to-end-of-June. Guess you couldn't really have it fall on the weekend, the effect would be lost.

Anyway the chocolate bars with a timeout card and whistle were an odd touch... but who doesn't like chocolate.