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EDs lack uniform measures for discharging patients who receive Schedule II or III narcotic medications, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

The qualitative study focused on 19 emergency nurses from throughout the U.S. who were recruited from a larger group of 848 emergency nurses who preregistered for a March 2014 national conference.

“Participants reported drug-to-discharge times of 0 minutes to 240 minutes after administration of Schedule II and Schedule III narcotics specifically and ‘any medication’ generally,” the researchers wrote. “The most common reason for a wait of any kind was to assess patients for a reaction.”

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