Interruptions to nurses contributed to a staggering 80.2 per cent medication error rate, including clinical errors or procedural failures, according to a study by the University of Sydney's Health Informatics Research and Evaluation Unit. Without interruption, the estimated risk of a major error was just 2.3 %, but with 4 interruptions this risk doubled to 4.7 % (University of Sydney, 2010 study).
Studies show the use of medication interruption vests reduce the number of interruptions by 71% - 74%. Errors in administering medication cause about 400,000 preventable adverse events in hospitals and costs $3.5 billion in a year, according to the Institute of Medicine.
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