ISMP's List of Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols, and Dose Designations

September 18, 2007 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


​Common yet preventable causes of medication errors—such as ambiguous or unclear handwriting that can lead to misinterpreted abbreviations or abbreviations with multiple possible meanings—have the potential to cause significant patient harm. Abbreviations in prescriptions are especially problematic and prone to causing errors.

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