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Journal Article > Study
Effectiveness of a 'Do not interrupt' bundled intervention to reduce interruptions during medication administration: a cluster randomised controlled feasibility study.
Westbrook JI, Li L, Hooper TD, Raban MZ, Middleton S, Lehnbom EC. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017;26:734-742.
This randomized controlled trial had nurses on four hospital wards wear "do not interrupt" vests during medication administration. The rate of interruptions the intervention nurses experienced was compared to the rate in four control wards that did not have nurses wear vests. Although the intervention reduced non–medication-related interruptions, nurses reported that the vests were time consuming and uncomfortable; less than half would support continuing the intervention. This study demonstrates the need to design and test sustainable interventions to improve patient safety.
Journal Article > Commentary
Paparella S. J Emerg Nurs. 2008;34:145-146, 238-240.
This two-part commentary discusses goals for medication safety along with strategies to prevent medication errors including standardization, forcing functions, checklists, and redundancies.