Error Prone Abbreviations. To Abbreviate or Not to Abbreviate?. Abbreviations are often used when writing orders to indicate dosage times, frequencies, routes, and other information about the med.
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The “4u” could be misinterpreted as “44”
instead of “4 units”
Instead of taking one tab of KCl every day,
this patient could be getting it four times a day!
A PSA from http://www.ismp.org/tools/abbreviations abbreviations?
Results of the study.
When in doubt…
WRITE IT OUT!!!
Who can name 3 abbreviations on the JCHAO do not use list?
Why is it dangerous to use the “do not use” abbreviations?
Where should you check to find out additional abbreviations you shouldn’t use at your agency?