Medical abbreviations: more harmful then helpful

Medical shortcuts used in internal communications, telephone and verbal prescriptions, labels, medical administration records, and pharmacy entry screens can lead to serious medical malpractice in harmful medication errors. The Institute for Safe Medical Practices has released the most frequently misinterpreted abbreviations and dose designations. The list was compiled from the Medication Error Reporting Program. Certain abbreviations have been so error-prone that they have been put on the “do-not-use list” by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

For the list of abbreviations to avoid in the medical field.

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