PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Measure: A list of "do not use" abbreviations, aconyms, symbols and dose desciptions is created and applied to all handwritten or free text orders or medication documents and to preprinted forms.

Time Period Ending:  3/31/2013

What We Are Doing:

Abbreviations have always been part of medicine. But healthcare has become so complicated abbreviations aren't always clear, which could lead to medication or other errors. St. Joe's, along with all of PeaceHealth, follows a  Do Not Use Abbreviation Policy that lists the abbreviations that have been banned from use in our facilities. These abbreviations have been shown to greatly increase confusion and associated risk of harm if used. We review records constantly, and perform monthly audits to make sure these abbreviations that could lead to harm are not used.

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