Time Out Outside of the OR

Here’s Dr. Cliff Stermer and I, filming the first-ever Woodhull Hospital Medicine Time Out training video! The Time Out, or safety checklists designed to check for correct patient, procedure, site and side, is crucial to avoiding error, like infection, complications, even death. Yet it’s not ingrained in medicine culture, as it is in surgery.

Dr. Edward Fishkin and I wrote the script, with Jon Ehinger, director of this film, in February 2013. So exciting to finally have this – and fun to film with the medical students and staff!

We are showing this video to staff on the floor and in the OR immediately before they conduct their procedures, “on the spot,” as part of the Time Out Project research.

Woodhull Hospital’s Time Out Project, led by Edward Fishkin MD and Minda Aguhob M.Ed., developed this video in Winter 2013 to train staff about how to properly conduct Time Out outside of the operating room. This video is part of a series intended to improve training and implementation of safety checklists throughout Woodhull.

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