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Journal Article > Study
Brixey JJ, Tang Z, Robinson DJ, et al. Int J Med Inform. 2008;77:235-241.
The investigators shadowed emergency department nurses and physicians and identified the types of interruptions that occurred and what factors contributed to them.
Journal Article > Commentary
Learning from accident and error: avoiding the hazards of workload, stress, and routine interruptions in the emergency department.
Bradley Morrison J, Rudolph JW. Acad Emerg Med. 2011;18:1246-1254.
This commentary explores how interruptions can affect safety in the emergency department.
Journal Article > Review
Medford-Davis LN, Singh H, Mahajan P. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2018;65:1097-1105.
The busy and complex emergency department environment harbors pressures can that hinder diagnostic safety. This review discusses the characteristics of emergency medicine that contribute to overreliance on heuristics and susceptibility to bias in decision making. The authors highlight the need to better monitor diagnostic error in the emergency department to inform the design of improvement activities. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed diagnostic delay in the emergency department.