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J Nurs Scholarsh. 2010 Sep 1;42(3):314-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2010.01356.x.

Recovered Medical Error Inventory.

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Partners Health Care System, Information Systems, Boston, MA 02481, USA. pdykes@partners.org

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the development and psychometric testing of the Recovered Medical Error Inventory (RMEI).

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Content analysis of structured interviews with expert critical care registered nurses (CCRNs) was used to empirically derive a 25-item RMEI. The RMEI was pilot tested with 345 CCRNs. The data set was randomly divided to use the first half for reliability testing and the second half for validation. A principal components analysis with Varimax rotation was conducted. Cronbach's alpha values were examined. A t test and Pearson correlation were used to compare scores of the two samples.

FINDINGS:

The RMEI consists of 25 items and two subscales. Evidence for initial reliability includes a total scale alpha of .9 and subscale alpha coefficients of .88 (mistake) and .75 (poor judgment).

CONCLUSIONS:

The RMEI subscales have satisfactory internal consistency reliability and evidence for construct validity. Additional testing is warranted.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

A tool to measure CCRNs' experiences with recovering medical errors allows quantification of nurse surveillance in promoting safe care and preventing unreimbursed hospital costs for treating nosocomial events.

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