The Tool Kits were developed by AORN and will be highlighted as part of
National Time Out Day on
The success of last year's event led to introduction of a bill now pending in Congress designating a date in June as National Time Out Day. This year, AORN is concentrating on labeling and a different aspect of patient safety will be spotlighted each year.
"Many medications look-alike or sound-alike, which presents too many potential dangers," said Sharon McNamara, president of AORN. "As healthcare providers, it's our job to eliminate these dangers and do everything in our power to protect the patient. The Tool Kit is designed to not only make medical professionals more aware of possible pitfalls, but also more aware of what they can do to improve patient safety."
Tool Kit components include Institute of Safe Medication Practices list of
Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols and Dose Designations; AORN's Guidance
Statement about Safe Medication Practices, developed to assist healthcare
professionals in developing and implementing policies and procedures related
to safe medication practices in the operating room; Conversions and
Calculations; Herbal/Dietary Supplement-Drug Interactions; Safe Medication
Administration Resources; and a Medication Safety Test. AORN members are able
to view the complete Tool Kit at http://www.aorn.org.
AORN and its members are proud to take the lead on patient safety with National Time Out Day, this year focusing on medication errors, especially those that occur as a result of incorrect and inconsistent labeling.
"Labeling all medications and solutions in the operating room is a
fundamental step in making surgical care safer," said Dennis S. O'Leary, MD,
whose organization, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations, will, beginning in 2006, require hospitals and other facilities
in which surgical and other invasive procedures are performed to label all
medications, medication containers (e.g., syringes, medicine cups, basins), or
other solutions on and off the sterile field. "We applaud AORN for its
efforts in underscoring the importance of this expectation as a critical means
for avoiding tragic medical errors."
Source: Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN