Interruptions and Medication Errors Part I

Internal Medicine Services, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Clinical nurse specialist CNS (Impact Factor: 0.9). 01/2012; 24(6):281-5. DOI: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e3181faf78b
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    ABSTRACT: In the fast-paced environment of a cardiac and thoracic surgery telemetry unit, nurses are interrupted hundreds of times per day. These interruptions can have a detrimental effect on patient safety during medication administration. This article describes a bundle of safety interventions that reduced the average number of interruptions during medication administration by 2.11 interruptions per encounter and decreased reported medication errors by a total of 28 incidents over a 3-month period.
    Journal of nursing care quality 10/2012; DOI:10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318275ac3e · 1.09 Impact Factor