Close the Loop - The Nurse Interruption Management Uniform

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Intrusions by other people, a major cause of nurse interruption, have been shown to increase medication errors, raise stress levels and decrease productivity in task completion, yet current intrusion prevention strategies are limited in scope, performance, and understandability. Our project proposes digital and analog options for a wearable nurse availability indicator, broadening the current use of no-interruption strategies to several areas of nursing practice that fall outside of medication administration, where the existing no-interruption strategies are being employed. We have used interviews and suggestions from the literature to rank these other nursing activities according to level of negative impact due to unnecessary interruption.