A time out is the last in a series of steps established in 2003 as part of the Joint Commission's Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery. Every clinic accredited by the Joint Commission is required to have a time-out policy. Even if your clinic is not accredited, a time-out policy should be considered to help prevent the wrong teeth from being treated or extracted.
The time-out procedures specified by the Joint Commission include the following components:
While part of the Joint Commission’s Universal Protocol includes surgical site marking, the Joint Commission recognizes that there does not appear to be a practical or reliable method by which to mark the intended for extraction or surgery. Therefore, dental procedures are considered exempt from the site-marking requirement. Rather, the Joint Commission recommends the following: