RE: [Histonet] More on medical abbreviations

From:"Smith, Allen"

Reading or reciting an instruction back is a good practice in face-to-face
communication as well as in telephone conversation.

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
Barry University
School of Graduate Medical Sciences
            Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida

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Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 3:34 PM
Subject: [Histonet] More on medical abbreviations

Brian Llewellyn gives some pointers as to where medical abbreviations can be
Here in hospitals in the USA, the JCAHO has a campaign going to abolish some
abbreviations in the interests of patient safety. They mainly concern
written notes in patients charts but also have applications in the histology
lab. Some of the banned abbreviations and their corrections are:
1) instead of 1.0 mg write 1 mg (no trailing zero's)
2) Instead of MgSO4 write magnesium sulphate
3) Instead of .1 mg write 0.1 mg (always use a zero before a decimal point)
Another thing they recommend is reading back of telephone orders which has
applications in histology. For example if a pathologist phones up to request
a special stain on a certain block, read back the request to confirm you
have recorded the right block, etc.

Mike Titford
USA Pathology
Mobile AL USA

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