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Undesirable Abbreviations (cont.) Do Not Use Potential Problem Use Instead > (greater than) < (less than) Misinterpreted as the number “7” (seven) or the letter “L” Confused for one another Write “greater than” Write “less than” Abbreviations for drug names Misinterpreted due to similar abbreviations for multiple drugs Write drug names in full Apothecary units Unfamiliar to many practitioners Confused with metric units Use metric units @ Mistaken for the number “2” (two) Write “at” cc Mistaken for U (units) when poorly written Write "mL" or “milliliters” µg Mistaken for mg (milligrams) resulting in one thousand-fold overdose Write "mcg" or “micrograms”
Is the following MAR complete? If not, what is missing?
ANSWER The order is transcribed correctly and all information is complete. Date init. Medication, dose, duration, frequency, route D/C date init Admin time 2/5 CS Vasotec 10 mg po BID hold for systolic BP < 100 0800 x 2000 x
Practice Is the following MAR complete? If not, what is missing? Date init. Medication, dose, duration, frequency, route D/C date init Admin time 2/5 CS Synthroid 50 mcg PO Bid 0800 x x x 2/5 CS Erythromycin tab i po q6h 0800 x 2000 x 2/5 CS Persantine 75 mg po q6h 2400 0800 1600 x 2/5 CS heparin 10,000 units q 8 hr 2400 0800 1600