Progressive Care Nurses Improving Patient Safety by Limiting Interruptions During Medication Administration

Author(s): Fran Flynn, APRN, MS, BC-CNS, Julie Q. Evanish, RN, BS, PCCN, Josephine M. Fernald, RN, BSN, PCCN, Dawn E. Hutchinson, RN, BSN, PCCN, Cheryl Lefaiver, RN, PhD, CCRP

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Aug 01, 2019

Topics: Medication Management, Patient Safety

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Because of the high frequency of interruptions during medication administration, the effectiveness of strategies to limit interruptions during medication administration has been evaluated in numerous quality improvement initiatives in an effort to reduce medication administration errors.


  • Describe similarities between the principles of the sterile cockpit concept used in the aviation industry and the Nurses Uninterrupted Passing Medications Safely (NUPASS) guidelines to promote safety.
  • Implement evidence-based strategies to limit interruptions during medication administration.
  • Discuss the current evidence supporting use of interruption limiting strategies to reduce medication administration errors in the acute care setting.

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