The effects of physical environments in medical wards on medication communication processes affecting patient safety

Liu,W, Manias,E and Gerdtz,M 2014, The effects of physical environments in medical wards on medication communication processes affecting patient safety, Health and place, vol. 26, pp. 188-198, doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.12.017.

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Title The effects of physical environments in medical wards on medication communication processes affecting patient safety
Author(s) Liu,W
Manias,EORCID iD for Manias,E orcid.org/0000-0002-3747-0087
Gerdtz,M
Journal name Health and place
Volume number 26
Start page 188
End page 198
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-03
ISSN 1873-2054
Keyword(s) Communication
Medication management
Physical environments
Space
Summary Physical environments of clinical settings play an important role in health communication processes. Effective medication management requires seamless communication among health professionals of different disciplines. This paper explores how physical environments affect communication processes for managing medications and patient safety in acute care hospital settings. Findings highlighted the impact of environmental interruptions on communication processes about medications. In response to frequent interruptions and limited space within working environments, nurses, doctors and pharmacists developed adaptive practices in the local clinical context. Communication difficulties were associated with the ward physical layout, the controlled drug key and the medication retrieving device. Health professionals should be provided with opportunities to discuss the effects of ward environments on medication communication processes and how this impacts medication safety. Hospital administrators and architects need to consider health professionals' views and experiences when designing hospital spaces.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.12.017
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069633

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