Nurses' Practice Environments, Error Interception Practices, and Inpatient Medication Errors

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The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships among characteristics of the nursing practice environment, nurse staffing levels, nurses' error interception practices, and rates of nonintercepted medication errors in acute care hospitals. The team found that a supportive practice environment was positively associated with error interception by nurses. Importantly, nurses' interception practices were inversely associated with medication error rates. Thus, the team was able to conclude that a supportive practice environment enhances nurses' error interception practices. These interception practices play a role in reducing medication errors. When supported by their practice environments, nurses employ practices that can assist in interrupting medication errors before they reach the patients.


Flynn L, Liang Y, Dickson GL, Xie M, Suh DC. (2012) J Nurs Scholarsh. 2012 Jun;44(2):180-186. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01443.x. Epub 2012 Apr 17.

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