Improving medication administration safety: using naïve observation to assess practice and guide improvements in process and outcomes.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
This cross-sectional study presents data collected from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes benchmarking registry. In this convenience sample, nurses deviated from medication administration safe practices approximately 11% per encounter, and administration errors occurred 0.32% per encounter. Distractions or interruptions accounted for nearly one-fourth of the safe practice deviations.