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Fine Tune Your Time Outs 4 ways to encourage your staff to speak up to prevent an error. I f we're all taking a time out before every surgery, then why do wrong-site anesthetic blocks and wrong-site surgery persist? Perhaps we can improve how we perform our pre-op pauses. Not a glossed-over routine. The time out isn't a checkbox exer- cise that a nurse can do alone in the corner. Staff members, sur- geons and anesthesia providers must actively participate in the process. Surgeons should lead time outs, in my opinion, but that does- n't always happen. Sometimes the surgeon isn't even in the room 1 1 5 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Safety Dwight Burney, MD • FEAR FACTOR Scripted messages can help nurses alert surgeons to potential trouble.

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