ALERT 4: Error-prone abbreviations, symbols and dose designations NOT TO USE

1 Oct 2012 | Medication Safety

Purpose

To eliminate the risk associated with the use of error-prone abbreviations, symbols and dose designations when communicating any type of medicine-related information verbally, handwritten, pre-printed or electronically. Click the pdf link below to download the alert.

Related resources

Click here for a poster detailing error prone abbreviations, symbols and dose designations not to use. The poster lists abbreviations, symbols and dose designations that have been reported internationally as being frequently misinterpreted and involved in harmful medication errors.

Click here for information on the FDA/ISMP Campaign to Eliminate Dangerous Abbreviations in the United States.

Click here to read an article from the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety about the impact of abbreviations on patient safety.   

Click here for more information on the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP) stance on abbreviations.

Click here to read the article from the Health Improvement & Innovation Resource Centre (HIIRC) about the Commission’s work on eliminating error-prone medication abbreviations.

Last updated 15/11/2019