Measuring nurses' time in medication related tasks prior to the implementation of an electronic medication management system

Amanda Ampt*, Johanna I. Westbrook

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Abstract

A substantial proportion of nurses' work consists of medication related tasks undertaken in a current environment of high medication error rates. Electronic medication management systems (EMMS) are anticipated to address many of the factors which contribute to errors. These factors, for example illegible hand-written drug orders, reputedly require nurses to spend additional time in clarification and discussion. We report an observational modified time and motion study of 44 registered nurses (215 hours of observation) in a major academic hospital to quantify the time nurses spend in medication related tasks prior to EMMS introduction. On average nurses spent seven minutes in an 8.75 hour shift clarifying or discussing medication issues. The majority of this time (5.4mins) was spent talking with other nurses. Only 1.6 minutes was spent clarifying or discussing medication with doctors. Our results call into question some of the predicted efficiency benefits to nurses' work following EMMS introduction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Technology in Health Care 2007 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches
EditorsJohanna I. Westbrook
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; Oxford
PublisherIOS Press
Pages157-167
Number of pages11
Volume130
ISBN (Print)9781586037772
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches, ITHC 2007 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 28 Aug 200730 Aug 2007

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches, ITHC 2007
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period28/08/0730/08/07

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