In medication administration, nurses have a chance of being interrupted with every medication pass
(Smeulers, Hoekstra, van Dijk, Overkamp, & Vermeulen, 2013).
Elganzouri, Standish, and Androwich (2009) found that every medication pass
was interrupted because of other staff members, missing medications, or other patient care needs.
AristaCare examined survey data dating back three years and recognized trends in infection control, medication pass
, falls, documentation, and managing difficult patients.
Second, medication administration does not happen in isolation of other responsibilities and demands for my attention, despite efforts to minimize and eliminate interruptions during medication pass
Simply put, innovations such as eMAR and mobile computing workstations can improve medication pass
efficiency and overall resident safety.
When the surveyors investigated the incident, it was determined that the nurse had not been observed during the medication pass
since her orientation.
Use open-ended questions such as, "How do you feel the medication pass
If the nurse waits until the entire medication pass
is completed, the documentation may be skipped, leaving it to speculation whether the drugs had been given.
Periodically conducting medication pass
observation can also make errors or the potential for errors visible.
Reduced medication pass
time by 30% to 40%, allowing staff to spend more quality time with resident care.
Reduce medication pass
time by 30%-40%, allowing staff to spend more time on other duties or care giving.