Time-out is the universal protocol for preventing wrong site, wrong procedure, wrong patient surgery. It is a safety procedure used in hospitals to ensure that the team is prepared to perform a procedure correctly. In the operating room, time-outs are used to double check the name of the patient, what surgery is being performed (on what side), and any drug allergies the patient is known to have.RelevanceAlso known as the final verification. This is why a mark is made at or near a procedure site.

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