Safety campaign aims to eliminate abbreviations

Article

In an effort to improve patient safety, a nationwide educational campaign was recently launched to encourage physicians, pharmacists, and others to spell out crucial medical terms. The initiative aims to eliminate commonly used abbreviations that can cause medication errors, according to American Medical News (7/17/2006).

In an effort to improve patient safety, a nationwide educational campaign was recently launched to encourage physicians, pharmacists, and others to spell out crucial medical terms. The initiative aims to eliminate commonly used abbreviations that can cause medication errors, according to American Medical News (7/17/2006).

The American Medical Association and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations already encourage physicians and others to avoid the use of abbreviations in written orders, telephone or verbal prescriptions, medication administration records, and other communications. Some of the abbreviations that physicians and others should spell out include:

The Food and Drug Administration in conjunction with the Institute of Safe Medication Practices launched the initiative in June. A list of error-prone abbreviations to avoid is available on the FDA Web site at http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/mederrors or the ISMP Web site at http:// http://www.ismp.org/tools/errorproneabbreviations.pdf.

Related Videos
One year out: Fezolinetant displays patient satisfaction for managing hot flashes | Image Credit: sutterhealth.org
Addressing maternal health inequities: Insights from CDC's Wanda Barfield | Image Credit: cdc.gov
Addressing racial and ethnic disparities in brachial plexus birth Injury | Image Credit: shrinerschildrens.org
Innovations in prenatal care: Insights from ACOG 2024 | Image Credit:  uofmhealth.org.
Unlocking therapeutic strategies for menopausal cognitive decline | Image Credit: uclahealth.org.
Navigating menopause care: Expert insights from ACOG 2024 | Image Credit: mayo.edu.
raanan meyer, md
New data shows elinzanetant's efficacy in treating menopausal symptoms | Image Credit: uvahealth.com
Related Content
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.