The study found that nurses who are interrupted have an increased risk of making a medication error. The research team observed nurses in two teaching hospitals in Sydney, Australia from September 2006 through March 2008. The study included 98 nurses prepping and administering 4,271 medications to 720 patients. Less than 20% of these interactions was completely error free.
You can download a copy of the study, "Association of Interruptions With an Increased Risk and Severity of Medication Administration Errors" via the journal website.
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