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J Nurs Adm. 2008 Jan;38(1):19-26.

Quantifying nursing workflow in medication administration.

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  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02120, USA.


New medication administration systems are showing promise in improving patient safety at the point of care, but adoption of these systems requires significant changes in nursing workflow. To prepare for these changes, the authors report on a time-motion study that measured the proportion of time that nurses spend on various patient care activities, focusing on medication administration-related activities. Implications of their findings are discussed.

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