User-testing guidelines to improve the safety of intravenous medicines administration: a randomised in situ simulation study

Study (n=273) reports user-testing the National Health Service Injectable Medicines Guide (IMG) and subsequent modification of IMG reduced the number of errors and the time taken to prepare and administer intravenous medicines, while increasing staff confidence.

SPS commentary:

Investigators report fewer moderate-severe IMG-related errors occurred with the user-tested guidelines (n=68, 49%) compared with current guidelines (n=79, 59%), though this difference was not statistically significant (risk ratio: 0.82; 95% CI 0.66 to 1.02). Authors’ suggest user-testing increases health professionals’ information retrieval, as well as comprehension.


BMJ Quality and Safety