According to the results of an observational study reported in the April 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine said that the nurses who are interrupted while administering medications may have an increased risk of making medication errors. The outcomes of the primary study were associations between procedural failures and clinical errors and interruptions. The report , for instance , had four interruptions in the course of a single drug administration doubled the likelihood that the patient would experience a major mishap.
Linda Flynn, an associate professor at the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing in Baltimore said, "Patients and family members don't understand that it's dangerous to patient safety to interrupt nurses while they're working."I have seen my own family members go out and interrupt the nurse when she's standing at a medication cart to ask for an extra towel or something [else] inappropriate." Julie Kliger, the program director of the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program at the University of California, San Francisco, said that administering medications involved nurses, health care workers, patients and families and the process had now become routine.
The researchers observed 98 nurses preparing and administering 4,271 medications to 720 patients at two Sydney teaching hospitals from September 2006 through March 2008. And the study found that only one in five drug administration's
(19.8) percent was completely error free. Carol Keohane , program director for the Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said , "It "lends important evidence to identifying the contributing factors and circumstances that can lead to a medication error,"