A preprocedure time time-out process is now advocated to occur before all invasive medical procedures with a goal to improve patient safety. Currently, the components of a time-out are commonly done before electroconvulsive therapy, but we advocate universal adoption of pre-electroconvulsive therapy time-out process and terminology.
From the VA National Center for Patient Safety, White River Junction, VT; White River Junction VAMC, White River Junction, VT; and Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, NH.
Received for publication May 13, 2016; accepted July 11, 2016.
Reprints: Bradley V. Watts, MD, MPH, 215 N. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05055 (e-mail: email@example.com).
The author has no conflict of interest or financial disclosures to report.