narcotics administration window

  1. Can anyone tell me what the allowable window of administering routine narcotics is? I have heard anywhere from an hour on each side of the scheduled time to 15 minutes, and the facility I'm at does not have a written policy on this.
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  3. by   Monica RN,BSN
    The correct response is ideally within 30 minutes of the scheduled time due, one way or the other with a maximum window of one hour one way or the other.
  4. by   tylerbug
    All I can say is in the nursing home I have always known it to hour before to an hour after for routine medications and a half an hour before to after for narcotics...Hope that helps!