No Interruptions Please: Impact of a No Interruption Zone on Medication Safety in Intensive Care Units

Anthony, Kyle; Wiencek, Clareen; Bauer, Catherine; Daly, Barbara; Anthony, Mary K.
June 2010
Critical Care Nurse;Jun2010, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p21
Academic Journal
The article reports on the findings of a pilot study which evaluates the impact of a No Interruption Zones (NIZ) on interruptions during medication preparation in the intensive care unit (ICU). The study was conducted at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. It showed 31.8% of interruptions before the NIZ was implemented, and 18.8% after the NIZ was implemented. Also noted is the aspect of medication errors as a significant cause of morbidity in hospitalized patients.


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