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Journal of Nursing Care Quality

June 2013, Volume 28 Number 2 , p 176 - 185

Authors

  • Regi Freeman MSN, RN, CNS
  • Scott McKee BSN, RN
  • Bethany Lee-Lehner BSN, RN
  • Jennifer Pesenecker BSN, RN

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.

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