Ergonomics in Hospital: Prevention of Interruptions and Safety in Drug Administration
The lack of signal elements between Healthcare Workers and users can generate errors caused by interruptions during drug administration depending on human, technical or environmental factors that can become a source of stress and adverse events.
Aim of the project is the identification and application of tools for the prevention of interruption that promote the safety of drug administration.
The project is organized in several steps: process mapping; testing; operators training; implementation; monitoring.
The testing observed a 44% reduction of interruption. The introduction of information sheets for families in hospital rooms has contributed to reduce by 28% the interruptions.
The establishment of a “No Interruption Group” had allowed an appropriate training and an organizational and management support to healthcare workers involved.
The active involvement of physicians and nurses revealed critical issues, such as behavioral, organizational and structural ones, and the subsequent improvement actions.
KeywordsInterruptions Drug Administration Safety Healthcare design
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