CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – In an effort to continually increase patient safety, surgical staff at Chambersburg Hospital observed National Time Out Day on June 11.

National Time Out Day brings awareness to the need for staff to take a “time out” and confirm they are performing the correct procedure on the correct patient each and every time.

Chambersburg Hospital has a standardized and consistent time out process, which focuses on pre-procedure verification, check-in confirmation, and a patient safety declaration.

“This means we are making every effort to ensure the safest possible surgical experience for all of our patients whenever they visit our hospital’s operating room,” said Dr. David S. Bryant with Summit Surgical Group – Chambersburg, an affiliate of Summit Health.

National Time Out Day was established in 2004 by Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. It is supported by The Joint Commission, the World Health Organization, and the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS).

For more information on Chambersburg Hospital’s surgery services, visit www.SummitHealth.org/surgery.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014