Question 'Not Important' Vulnerable Nurses Make One Give Drugs

One of the duties of nurses in hospitals are serving patients, but not necessarily be asked all sorts. As the nurse prepared the drug, too many questions 'not important' can disrupt concentration and lead to errors. 

For the nurses who were in charge of preparing the drug, the questions are categorized as 'not important' is everything outside of his job where the toilet and how to turn on the light room. When should serve to questions like these, could not help the nurses have to momentarily stop its activities. 

Yet for menyipkan drug, any nurse who would take charge of high concentration. The slightest mistake can lead to unexpected side effects, especially for drugs with narrow therapeutic index because it can lead to overdose and poisoning. 

In Britain and the United States, including medication errors in one of the biggest triggers a failure in the process of therapy in the hospital. Besides triggered by patient noncompliance, errors in treatment can also occur due to errors when nurses and pharmacy personnel prepare the medicine. 

To reduce the risk of such errors, some hospitals in the UK recently tested the use of vests that read "Do Not Disturb. Drug Round in Progress", which means less is more "Do Not Disturb. While Preparing Drugs". This vest worn by nurses who were preparing the drug in the ward. 

In a trial for 5 weeks, use of the vest is successfully reducing the error rate from an average of 6 times the error to be 5 times the error. At first glance the difference is only a little, but this rate was considered quite significant when compared with the risk that errors could be prevented within a year. 

"When we get annoyed with the questions that are not related to work, our lives turn around. I do not need to say anything and the magic words on the vest is effective enough to overcome a very serious situation like this," said a nurse was quoted as saying Dailymail Sunday (28/08/2011). 

However, not all parties support the research results of the experiment. Joyce Robins from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) the protection of patients, Patient Concern said that nurses who do not want to be bothered with the questions patients are nurses who can not be expected. 

According to Robins, the image of British nurses in patients' eyes are not too good as it seemed self-important and too lazy to serve patients. The patients often complain when the nurses did not seem eager to fix the buzzer on a bed that is used to call the nurse in an emergency. 

"Sometimes the only chance to meet and talk to the nurse only when they deliver the drug. With a vest like that, they seemed more and more confirmation message 'stay away from me' in the eyes of his patients," said Robins.