The "30-minute rule" for med administration in hospitals will loosen up because of safety concerns

The "30-minute rule" for med administration in hospitals will loosen up because of safety concerns.

This rule says ALL scheduled meds must be given within 30 minutes before or after the actual due time. The idea is to protect patients, since giving meds off schedule can be harmful. For example, an infection can worsen if a patient's antibiotic is given too late.

But the pressure to administer doses within this window is actually causing more errors...due to nurses using unsafe shortcuts.

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