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June 18, 2008

MAURY REGIONAL HOSPITAL HIGHLIGHTS SAFETY ON TIME OUT DAY

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Surgical Services Department at Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) recognized National Time Out Day on June 18 as part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, according to Tony Benton, director of surgical services.

“National Time Out Day recognizes the efforts of hospitals like Maury Regional who follow nationally recommended guidelines for the safety of surgical patients,” said Benton. “These include requiring the entire surgical team—physicians, nurses and surgical technologists—to pause before all invasive procedures to communicate as a group and confirm key information about the patient and procedure to help prevent errors from occurring.”

According to MRH’s time out policy, immediately prior to an invasive procedure, a “time out” is conducted to confirm the identity of the patient, correct procedure, correct side and site, correct patient position, and availability of correct implants and any special equipment or special requirements. A procedure cannot start until a time out has been conducted.

“Surgical procedures performed under anesthesia are associated with a high intensity level of care and necessitate the combined team effort of many highly competent individuals to be successful. By taking a time out, members of the surgical team pause to ensure we are doing all that is necessary so our patients have the highest probability of experiencing the best possible outcomes,” said Benton.

National Time Out Day is an awareness campaign sponsored by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) and The Joint Commission.

About Maury Regional Hospital:

Maury Regional Hospital is recognized as a 2007 Thomson Top 100® Hospital. The 275-bed not-for-profit regional medical center established in 1953 is located in Columbia, Tennessee. The hospital has a medical staff of 170 physicians, representing more than 30 specialties, and serves approximately 260,000 residents in southern Middle Tennessee with affiliate facilities in Spring Hill, Hohenwald, Lewisburg and Waynesboro. For more information, visit www.mauryregional.com.

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