Interruptions in emergency department work: an observational and interview study.

  title={Interruptions in emergency department work: an observational and interview study.},
  author={Lena Berg and Ann-Sofie K{\"a}llberg and Katarina E. G{\"o}ransson and Jan {\"O}stergren and Jan Florin and Anna Ehrenberg},
  journal={BMJ quality & safety},
  volume={22 8},
OBJECTIVE Frequent interruptions are assumed to have a negative effect on healthcare clinicians' working memory that could result in risk for errors and hence threatening patient safety. The aim of this study was to explore interruptions occurring during common activities of clinicians working in emergency departments. METHOD Totally 18 clinicians, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and medical doctors, at two Swedish emergency departments were observed during clinical work for 2 h… CONTINUE READING
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