Monthly Archives: September 2007

Timeframe for the Administration of Medications

What is the timeframe within which medications need to be administered, i.e., a medication is ordered to be given daily at 8 am. Does the nurse need to administer the medication within 30 minutes before or after; or 60 min … Continue reading

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Authentication of Verbal Orders

Do verbal orders need to be authenticated within 24 hours or 48 hours? Does it vary from state to state? The Joint Commission does not specify an exact time period.  Standard IM.6.50 EP 3 states that when required by law … Continue reading

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Can Physicians Write “Continue All Medications”?

Can a physician write "continue all medications" as a form of completely reconciling medications? The Joint Commission standard MM.3.20 EP 9 states that the hospital specifies that blanket reinstatement of previous orders – a summary order to resume all previous … Continue reading

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