Wesley Healthcare
June 11, 2014

WICHITA –Local health care providers have developed universally accepted surgical time-out protocols for use in operating rooms and ambulatory facilities citywide as part of an initiative to make Wichita the safest place in the country to undergo surgery. The Medical Society of Sedgwick County’s Wichita Quality Health Collaborative (WQHC) has coordinated this effort.

The announcement, recently made at the Kansas Leadership Center, coincided with National Time-Out Day, an annual nationwide campaign to increase awareness of safe practices that lead to optimal outcomes for patients undergoing surgery and other invasive procedures.

“Surgeons practice in operating rooms and facilities throughout the city,” said Randall Morgan, MD, chair of the WQHC Surgical Safety Committee. “Developing a common time-out process and checklist that is consistently used wherever the surgery or procedure is performed will reduce the risk of errors and improve patient safety. This is now the standard of care in Wichita.”

Supported by the chief executive officers of local hospitals and surgical centers, the Surgical Safety Committee has met for a year researching use of time-out procedures nationally, developing common procedures and materials, creating videos for training and establishing compliance routines. Leaders from Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi then tested the final format and developed an educational process to ensure time-out checklists are utilized for every procedure, for every patient.

“It says so much about our local medical community that physicians and hospitals have been working together in a collegial manner and holding each other accountable in support of the goal of improving patient care,” said Donna Sweet, MD, MSSC president. “This doesn’t happen everywhere.”

“Our goal of announcing the work of this collaboration is to inform patients, families and the community that local physicians and surgeons are committed to advancing a culture of patient safety in Wichita and the region,” said Dr. Morgan. “We also want patients to be better informed about what to expect if they do undergo a surgical procedure.”

National Time Out Day was initiated in 2004 by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and is supported by The Joint Commission, the World Health Organization and the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety.

WQHC Surgical Safety Committee

Randall Morgan, MD, Chair; Jon Rosell – Medical Society of Sedgwick County; Ruth Hommertzheim – Via Christi Health; Joann Paul – Wesley Medical Center; Pam Byers – Patient Advocate.

Cypress Surgery Center: David Grainger, MD / Galichia Heart Hospital: Cheryl Donelan / Kansas Heart Hospital: Gregory Duick, MD; Carla Nelson; M. Lawrence Simons, MD / Kansas Medical Center: Patty Agoitia / Kansas Spine Hospital: Theresa Gassett-Haynes / Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center: Ely Bartal, MD / Surgicare of Wichita: Gerald Bassell, MD / Robert J. Dole V.A. Medical Center: Michael Heggeness, MD.

Via Christi Health: Jeff Korsomo; Steven Nesbit, DO; Al Miller; Teresa Morris; Skip Hidlay; Tim Brown; Phil Omenski; Barbara Beugelsdyk; Brian Swallow / Wesley Medical Center: Hugh Tappan; Francie Ekengren, MD; Kevin Fitzpatrick; Lisa Baytosh; Cherise Becker; Chad Smith; Rolf Beers.

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Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WESLEYCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit wesleymc.com