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Table 5 Staff agreement with postulated reasons for medication errors

From: Medication administration errors for older people in long-term residential care

  Staff agreeing with reason stated
Reason for error All Homes
(N = 45 staff)
No. Staff (%)
Residential Homes
(N = 31 staff)
No. Care staff (%)
Nursing Homes
(N = 14 staff)
No. RN staff (%)
Interruptions during round 43 (96) 31 (100) 12 (86)
Staff stressed 23 (51) 20 (65) 3 (21)
Under pressure to complete round 21 (47) 12 (39) 9 (64)
Shortage of staff 6 (13) 5 (16) 1 (7)
Current system confusing and open to error 4 (9) 4 (13) 0 (0)
Insufficient knowledge of medication 2 (4) 2 (7) 0 (0)
Lack of training 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)