Reduce the risk with MediBibA disposable alert bib designed to minimise
medication round interruptions
MediBib is worn by staff whilst preparing and administering medication. It allows staff to concentrate without interruptions from colleagues, patients and visitors. Limiting interruptions minimises errors, creating safer medication rounds and additional time for patient care.
MediBib™ will ensure staff personal hygiene is not compromised when worn and discarded after use. This process also maximises infection control without the high cost and the resulting pollution of laundering.
MediBib™ is an essential risk management tool for all hospitals and health care facilities to help control the risk of medication errors.
"Interruptions to nurses contributed to a staggering 80.2 per cent medication error rate, including clinical errors or procedural failures, according to a study by the University of Sydney's Health Informatics Research and Evaluation Unit published in the Archives of Internal Medicine today."
"Without interruption, the estimated risk of a major error was just 2.3 per cent, but with four interruptions this risk doubled to 4.7 per cent." University of Sydney 26 April 2010.
Other studies show the use of medication interruption vests reduce the number of interruptions by 71% - 74%.* Errors in administering medication cause about 400,000 preventable injuries in hospitals and about $3.5 billion in extra medical costs a year, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Emergency Departments - Interruptions led emergency department doctors to spend less time on the tasks they were working on and, in nearly a fifth of cases, to give up on the task altogether. Researchers, from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, also found that each doctor was typically interrupted 6.6 times per hour; 11 percent of all tasks were interrupted, 3.3 percent of them more than once. "Our results support the hypothesis that the highly interruptive nature of busy clinical environments may have a negative impact on patient safety," they said.
*Institute of Medicine. Preventing medication errors. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC; 2007.