Journal Article

Oncology nurses' beliefs and attitudes towards the double-check of chemotherapy medications: a cross-sectional survey study.

Schwappach DLB; Taxis K; Pfeiffer Y.

Medication errors are common and particularly dangerous when they involve chemotherapy. Investigators surveyed Swiss oncology nurses about double-checking medications before administration, a widely practiced strategy. Most nurses endorsed double-checking as an effective safety tool, despite the fact that double-checking promotes workflow interruptions, is labor intensive, and is less effective than automated barcode scanning.