Nurse Managers at Mena Regional Health System recently served ice cream floats to employees in honor of National Time Out Day, a campaign to raise awareness about the value of taking a Time Out before any surgical procedure. These protocols, established at Mena Regional Health System, protect staff and patients from disease transmission, increase communication, encourage more collaboration for safety, and assist in recognizing the value of consistently taking time to ensure all details are confirmed for a safe surgical procedure. Full participation by all key people in the operating room decreases the risk of error. It is the time when the entire surgical team pauses to confirm and agree that the appropriate surgery is about to be performed.
Mena Regional Health System provides a wide range of surgical procedures including General Surgery, Colorectal, Gynecological and Obstetrics, Endoscopy and Ophthalmology. In an effort to protect our staff, patients and visitors, extreme infection control policies continue to be required at the facility, including temperature checks for anyone entering the hospital. Pictured from left: Tony Tackett, ER Director; pam Posey, Infection Control; Lisa Wood, Med/Surg and ICU Director; Sara hale, Quality Improvement; Dee Matejek, OR Director; Amber Taylor, Director of Women’s Services; and Rick Billingsley, Chief Nursing Officer – Submitted Photo