Nurse interruptions increase medication errors

In this observational study of 98 nurses in 2 hospitals, 53% of medication administrations were interrupted. The frequency and occurrence of interruptions increased both clinical errors and procedural failures, regardless of nurse experience. Nursing interruptions can be harmful, and interventions to minimize interruptions during medical administration are much needed (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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