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Commentary on: Bell T, Sprajcer M, Flenady T, Sahay A. Fatigue in nurses and medication administration errors: A scoping review. J Clin Nurs. 2023 Sep;3217-18,:5445-5460. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16620. Epub 2023 Jan 27.
Implications for practice and research
Revising the ‘safe working hours policy’, limiting overtime, and developing fatigue management systems are vital approaches for managing nurses’ fatigue and reducing medication administration errors (MAEs).
Future research should use large-scale studies and diverse approaches of data collection to better report registered nurses’ (RNs) fatigue’s impact on MAEs.
Preventing MAEs is a top priority to ensure patient safety. The presence of fatigue among RNs has been recognised as a growing factor in the occurrence of MAEs.1 In light of the fact that nurses allocate a substantial amount of their time to the administration of medications, Bell …
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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