Reducing the Risk of Using Medication Abbreviations – A reminder from ECRI

August 21, 2015    |   By: Calevir

In the world of risk mitigation, it’s not often that there’s a straightforward solution. So, when there is, it’s worth some serious consideration. In the case of error-prone medication dosage abbreviations, it’s as easy as this: don’t use them (available to the public for a limited time).  Use of medication dosage abbreviations is a long standing, well known patient safety risk, but errors continue to occur. Some solutions have been shared by the ISMP (list of error-prone, abbreviations symbols and dose designations), NCCMERP, USP and TJC (Do Not Use List) as well as ECRI. One solution is to effectively use CPOE to avoid use of risky abbreviations and other prevention strategies such as avoiding print materials with abbreviations, use of reminder cards, laminates, posters, etc.

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