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Using Abbreviations and Symbols Safely

Many healthcare providers use abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols when writing orders, taking notes, and documenting care. The delivery of safe patient care can be compromised if these "shortcuts" are confusing or if their meaning can be easily misunderstood by other caregivers.

This course will help you and your agency improve communication and protect patient safety.

You will learn about:

  • The danger of using abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols
  • At Risk drug terms to avoid
  • Safer terms to use instead

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify The Joint Commission recommendations related to At Risk or error-prone drug terms.
  • Identify At Risk abbreviations and symbols.
  • Select safer terms to use in place of At Risk terms.