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J Nurs Care Qual. 2013 Apr-Jun;28(2):176-85. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318275ac3e.

Reducing interruptions to improve medication safety.

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Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. colthorp@umich.edu

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.

PMID:
23095802
DOI:
10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318275ac3e
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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