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Journal Article

Ordering interruptions in a tertiary care center: a prospective observational study.

Dadlez NM, Azzarone G, Sinnett MJ, et al. Hospital pediatrics. 2017;7:134-139.

Interruptions are known to contribute to medication errors. This direct observation study found that resident physicians and physician assistants experienced 57 interruptions per 100 medication orders. The authors suggest that inpatient health systems should implement strategies to reduce interruptions during medication ordering.