Frequency of Medication Administration Timing Error in Hospitals: A systematic Review

Video Author:Trinity Pullam, MSN, RN, CNE

Published on:April 04, 2023

Medication administration timing error (MATE) leads to poor medication efficacy, harm, and death. Frequency of MATE is understudied. The purpose of this study was to determine MATE frequency and characteristics and quality of reporting studies. A systematic review of articles between 1999-2021 was conducted. Twenty three were included in this review. MATE was defined as administration beyond 60 minutes before or after the scheduled time in 13 (57%) of the included studies. Measurement procedures included data abstraction, self-report, and observation. Frequency of MATE was 1% to 72.6%. Moderate study quality was found in 78% of articles. Research on MATE is characterized by inconsistent definitions, measurements procedures, and techniques. High quality studies are lacking. Many research improvement opportunities exist. Read the full article after watching this video.