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Journal Article > Study
Wu X, Wu C, Zhang K, Wei D. Int J Med Inform. 2016;88:25-33.
Computerized provider order entry can improve medication safety, but numeric entry errors may still occur. This study found that numeric entry errors are more common in urgent situations and when numbers are entered from a main keyboard rather than a numeric keypad. This work underscores the importance of interface design in safety improvement efforts.
Journal Article > Review
A systematic review of the psychological literature on interruption and its patient safety implications.
Li SY, Magrabi F, Coiera E. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012;19:6-12.
Interruptions pose a significant safety hazard for health care providers performing complex tasks, such as signout or medication administration. However, as prior research has pointed out, many interruptions are necessary for clinical care, making it difficult for safety professionals to develop approaches to limiting the harmful effects of interruptions. Reviewing the literature on interruptions from the psychology and informatics fields, this study identifies several key variables that influence the relationship between interruption of a task and patient harm. The authors provide several recommendations, based on human factors engineering principles, to mitigate the effect of interruptions on patient care. A case of an interruption leading to a medication error is discussed in this AHRQ WebM&M commentary.