Journal Article

Impact of interruptions, distractions, and cognitive load on procedure failures and medication administration errors.

Thomas L, Donohue-Porter P, Fishbein JS. Journal of nursing care quality. 2017;32:309-317.

Interruptions and distractions can contribute to medication administration errors. This direct observation study found that interruptions and distractions are frequent during nursing medication administration, which increased cognitive load. These results demonstrate how interruptions affect nursing safety.