WHO & WHAT: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania will join other hospitals throughout the nation in support of National Time Out Day – a campaign to remind hospital staff the vital importance of performing the “Time Out” and assuring all team members are fully engaged and committed to this process. “At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), patient safety is our highest priority. Hence we are committed to performing a “Time Out” before each and every procedure we perform,” said Victoria L. Rich, PhD, chief nurse executive and associate executive director of HUP.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16th
7 am – 3 pm

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Main, Ravdin Lobby, Mezzanine
3400 Spruce St., Phila., PA  19104

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd., Phila., PA  19104 


The purpose of the “Time Out” is to conduct a final assessment to assure that OR staffs have verified that all information regarding a patient is relevant and correct.  During the “Time Out”, all other activities are suspended while every member of the multidisciplinary team actively participates in the “Time Out” process.  The “Time Out” is an interactive, methodical, and standardized approach to assure patient safety.  The methodology employed involves all members of the team including but not limited to the physician, anesthesia providers, RN, and technicians initiating the procedure. One designated team member initiates and documents the discussion which focuses on assuring we have the correct patient, agree on the correct procedure site and agree on the procedure to be performed.

The goal of this campaign is not only to reinforce this practice amongst colleagues but also to increase public awareness regarding the extensive measures that are taken to ensure their safety. While patients may question the creditability of health care providers when they are asked multiple times to verify their name or the laterality of the procedure site, in actuality it is quite the reverse. The educated consumer should feel at ease and confident that this redundancy is a precursor to ensuring the safest experience possible. Likewise, patients should feel empowered to ask if they are ever skeptical about the certainty of the procedure being done. Additionally, health care providers need to be receptive to this scrutiny. 


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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