Quality & Patient Safety

Ahead of the curve

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, August 1, 2012

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There are certain requirements and regulatory factors that pose perpetual challenges for hospitals, familiar burdens that elicit nods of understanding and sympathy when organizations discuss the barriers to successfully keeping themselves in compliance. The recently relaxed "30-minute rule" from CMS-which had, until recently, required all medications to be administered within 30 minutes of their scheduled time, regardless of the medication's own time sensitivity-is one of those universally problematic requirements.

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