Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Throwing in the Towel "Time out Towel" to be exact
Ok, I understand the need to do a Time Out when starting a surgical case, but what happened today just blew me away. There in the room was a Registered Time Out Safety Towel! It is just an Orange towel that says time out. Of course it is trademarked and no doubt created and owned by someone who works with JACHO because these just showed up before our latest JACHO inspection. I had to ask how much these cost. Well, since they are in the OR they must be sterile and have a thread count that makes sure that they wont leave lint on the instruments. Of course, they are disposable. So, guess what. A box of 24 individually wrapped, sterile Time Out (r) safety towls is $112.00. So, instead of just having the time out, we know have to have the JACHO approved and probably wholly owned useless towel that just ads even more cost to the health care system. I hate to admit, I took the towel and wadded it up and threw it as hard as I could at the hamper only to be told that they couldn't be reused!