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The Thirty minute rule and timely administration of medications

An issue I frequently encounter while assisting hospitals in planning and subsequent optimization of barcode medication administration system practices is the difficulty that many organizations have in establishing and maintaining  practices related to administering medications on time or at the most clinically appropriate time.

A contributing factor is the so called “thirty minute rule” – the requirement in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  conditions of Participation Interpretive Guidelines to administer medications within 30 minutes either side of the scheduled administration time.  See page 174 on the CMS site for more details.