|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. Peace Harbor, along with all of PeaceHealth, follows a policy for "Do Not Use" abbreviations. We review records every month to make sure abbreviations that could lead to harm aren't used.