New research shows that there is a link between interruptions during medical
procedures and a higher rate of clinical errors and procedural failures.
The study’s lead author said that the more interruptions that a nurse
receives while administering drugs to a patient, the greater risk that
an error will occur. The team who did the study, observed 98 nurses in
hospitals administer 4,271 medications and found that an interruption
occurred in 53 percent of them.
Of the procedures that were interrupted, 74 percent of them had at least
one procedural failure and 25 percent had a clinical error. Authors of
the study noted that some interruptions are necessary such as monitoring
alarms, only 11 percent of the studied interruptions were needed.