[Show abstract][Hide abstract] 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
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