Predictability of Interruptions During Medication Administration with Related Behavioral Management Strategies

Maree Johnson, Gabrielle Weidemann, Rebecca Adams, Elizabeth Manias, Tracy Levett-Jones, Vicki Aguilar, Bronwyn Everett

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Abstract

The aim of this qualitative study was to examine the nature of interruptions during medication administration. Focus groups were conducted with medical/surgical nurses (n = 15), critical care nurses (n = 13), and nurse managers/educators/specialists (n = 6). Most interruptions (78%) were predictable. Nurse-adopted strategies included blocking, engaging, mediating, multitasking, and preventing. Educational content was developed that relates behavioral strategies to respond to predictable and unpredictable interruptions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E1-E9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Behavioral strategies
  • Interruptions
  • Medication administration
  • Nursing
  • Patient safety

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