Nurses who are interrupted during medication administration are more likely to make an error.
Key findings from a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine include:
- Each interruption during medication administration increases the risk of a nurse making a procedural or clinical error by 12%
- More than half of all drug administrations included interruptions and one-quarter of all drug administrations had at least one clinical error
- There was an increase in error when there was an increase in interruptions
The authors note that not all interruptions result in error.