Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols and Dose Designation

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Institute of Safe Medication Practices released a table of NEVER to use abbreviation, symbols and dose designation in communicating medical information. Some of which are given below:


 Abbreviation
 Intended Meaning
 Misinterpretation
 Correction

µg

Microgram

Confused as "mg"

Use "mcg"
BT
Bedtime
Confused as "BID" twice daily
Use "bedtime"
 qd or QD
Daily
Confused as "QID"   
Use "daily"
 qhs
Nightly at bedtime
Confused as "qhr" or every hour
Use "nightly"
 Inderal40 mg
Inderal 40 mg
Confused as Inderal 140mg
Use adequate space between drug name, dose and unit of measure.
 Tegretol300 mg
Tegretol 300 mg
Confused as Tegretol 1300 mg 
Use adequate space between drug name, dose and unit of measure.
 AZT
ridovudine (Retrovir)
Confused as azathioprine or aztreonam
Use complete name of drug.
 HCT
hydrocortisone
Confused as hydrochlrothiazide
Use complete name of drug.
 HCTZ
hydrochlorothiazide
Confused as hydrocortisone (HCT250mg) 
Use complete name of drug.
 MTX
methotrexate
Confused as mitoxantrone 
Use complete name of drug.
 
 Dram
Confused as "3" 
Use the metric system. 
 º
 Hour
Confused as a zero (eg. q1º seen as q10
Use "hr", "h", or "hour" 




Source: Institute for Safe Medication Practices

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