Journal Article

Understanding the types and effects of clinical interruptions and distractions recorded in a multihospital patient safety reporting system.

Kellogg KM; Puthumana JS; Fong A; Adams KT; Ratwani RM.

Using incident reporting data from a multihospital reporting system over a 3-year period, researchers sought to identify safety events related to interruptions. About 43% of interruption events were reported by nurses, compared to 15% by pharmacists and 7% by physicians. Interruptions most commonly involved a medication-related task.