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Focus once every six minutes and twenty two percent

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focus once every six minutes and twenty-two percent of interruptions tend to occur in the medication room during medication preparation (Flynn, 2016). A medication safety program should be a goal for every organization and every nurse. The Institute of Medicine strongly recommends that strategies to reduce interruptions be implemented. Nurses need time to focus on medication administration because of the critical thinking and focus needed to avoid errors. The most common source of interruptions tends to be the interactions with other nursing staff seeking information, or others who need assistance with patient care. For example, nurses can wear a simple yellow safety sash before leaving the medication room to administer medications. This symbol is communicated to all personnel and
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DANGER: CUTTING CORNERS 3 even published in patient newsletters to create awareness. This alerts everyone that nurse should not be interrupted while wearing the sash. Before beginning a medication pass, nurses should also alert other care providers and interdisciplines who may enter the room. This can be done by placing a colored magnet or post-it next to the nurses name on the assignment board to send an alert that they are in the process of passing medications. This added step alerts those who may not have actually seen the nurse wearing the yellow sash. A common source of interruption is a phone call. Nurses get called from several sources for several reasons. Nurses who take calls while preparing medications substantially increase their risk of making an error. This can set a nurse up for a shift in focus and resulting medication
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  • Fall '17
  • Nursing, Journal Of Perioperative Nursing, medication room

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