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ISMP’s List of Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols, and Dose Designations
The abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations found in this table
have been reported to ISMP through the ISMP Medication
Error Reporting Program (MERP) as being frequently misinterpreted
and involved in harmful medication errors. They should NEVER be used
when communicating medical information. This includes internal
communications, telephone/verbal prescriptions, computer-generated
labels, labels for drug storage bins, medication administration records,
as well as pharmacy and prescriber computer order entry screens.
The Joint Commission has established a National Patient Safety Goal
that specifies that certain abbreviations must appear on an accredited
organization's “do-not-use” list; we have highlighted these items with a
double asterisk (**). However, we hope that you will consider others
beyond the minimum Joint Commission requirements. By using and
promoting safe practices and by educating one another about hazards,
we can better protect our patients.
My philosophy for communication:
Always assume the best and friendliest interpretation of my words that you can, I have no reason to be a rude dude at all, except you force me to!