The findings of an INQRI study led by Linda Flynn were published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship recently. The article explains that nurses’ error interception practices—including independent comparisons between the medication administration record and patient record at the beginning of a nurse’s shift; determining the rationale for each ordered medication; requesting that physicians rewrite orders when improper abbreviations are used; and ensuring that patients and families are knowledgeable regarding the medication regimen so that they can question unexplained variances—are associated with lower rates of nonintercepted medication errors, further quantifying the important role of nurses in enhancing patient safety.
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