Author: Mark Kozlowski M.D.
- Humans cannot “multitask” effectively – a more accurate term is “task interruption.”
- When doing more than one task at once, we are more likely to forget key details and perform both tasks more slowly overall.
- Do not interrupt people who are focusing on critical tasks – programming a pump or drawing up doses.
- Think about ways to reduce task interruption in your hospital for a better clinical practice.
References: Westbrook JI, Woods A, Rob MI, Dunsmuir WTM, Day RO. Association of Interruptions With an Increased Risk and Severity of Medication Administration Errors. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(8):683-690. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.65