Interruptions Linked To Medication Errors By Nurses

Medscape Medical News/Laurie Barclay/April 26, 2010 — Nurses who are interrupted while administering medications may have an increased risk of making medication errors, according to the results of an observational study reported in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
“Experimental studies suggest that interruptions produce negative impacts on memory by requiring individuals to switch attention from one task to another ,” writes Johanna I. Westbrook, PhD, from the University of Sidney in Sydney, Australia and colleagues.
“Returning to a disrupted task requires completion of the interrupting task and then regaining the context of the original task.”

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