Evidence briefings on interventions to improve medication safety

double-checking medication administration

S. Ramasamy, M. T. Baysari, E. C. Lehnbom, J. I. Westbrook

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Policy question: Does double-checking by nurses reduce medication administration errors and improve efficiency?

Current evidence shows: There is some evidence that when independent double-checking occurs, errors are reduced. The effectiveness of double-checking lies in it being an independent cognitive task, not a superficial routine task. Many health care organisations have a policy of double-checking. However these often do not contain explicit definitions, and are inconsistently applied in practice, which dilute any potential safety benefits. Double-checking is resource-intensive
and a significant burden for nursing staff. Qualitative research suggests nurses
perceive some advantages in single-checking related to increased autonomy, better use of resources and reduced interruptions to work.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of New South Wales
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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