Innovative approaches to reducing nurses' distractions during medication administration.

  title={Innovative approaches to reducing nurses' distractions during medication administration.},
  author={Tess M Pape and Denise M Guerra and Marguerite Muzquiz and John B Bryant and Michelle Ingram and Bonnie Schranner and Armando Alcal{\'a} and Johanna Sharp and Dawn Bishop and Estella Carreno and Jesusita Welker},
  journal={Journal of continuing education in nursing},
  volume={36 3},
  pages={108-16; quiz 141-2}
BACKGROUND Contributing factors to medication errors include distractions, lack of focus, and failure to follow standard operating procedures. The nursing unit is vulnerable to a multitude of interruptions and distractions that affect the working memory and the ability to focus during critical times. Methods that prevent these environmental effects on nurses can help avert medication errors. METHODS A process improvement study examined the effects of standard protocols and visible signage… CONTINUE READING