Much has been made about Peyton Manning’s use of the word “Omaha” to audible plays. Like most of you I watched the Superbowl and I’m of the opinion he should have said “Omaha” a few more times because the Bronco’s got whipped.
I think I’ll walk into a meeting here at the hospital one day soon and say “Omaha” then promptly leave the room. Maybe I’ll wait until the meeting is half way over then say “Omaha” and change seats. Maybe I’ll wait until everyone is leaving the meeting to say “Omaha” and then stay seated myself. Who knows, maybe I’ll never say it.
Peyton used the word “Omaha” as an audible which means he was calling attention to something and making a course correction. We do the same thing every day in surgery but we call it a “time out”.
The purpose of the time out is for everyone to stop and take note of what they’re about to do. To take a moment to verify that the right patient is about to get the right part worked on. The time out helps keep patients safe and in the end isn’t that our highest priority – patient safety.
When the wonderful world of football rolls around again next fall and you hear Peyton yell “Omaha” at the line of scrimmage I hope you will remember that the word is used to verify that everyone is on the same page and aware of their surroundings just like the time out we call prior to a procedure.