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Here's a link to that dangerous abbreviation list

Posted By: Hayseed on 2007-04-05
In Reply to: I only have the 2005 BOS and it says: - Hayseed

This is the site the BOS recommends visiting, so I did.  It is a long list of stuff fer sure!  Here's the link...just copy and paste it into browser.


http://www.ismp.org/Tools/errorproneabbreviations.pdf


Hope it helps!




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Thanks! I have the dangerous abbreviation list
I was just afraid I was missing something buried in the book somewhere. I just didn't want to be making a mistake. Thanks again.
cc is on the dangerous abbreviation list and should be converted to ml.
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The Joint Commission's Dangerous Abbreviation List... SM

applies to written entries on a patient's chart, i.e. nurses' notes, doctor's orders, etc.  For some insane reason, someone somewhere decided to apply it to transcription as well which is just silly.  I work for a facility that has decided not to force transcription to strictly adhere to the dangerous abbreviation list and Joint Commission has not counted it against them in the last three audits.


I will say most MTs where I work do not use qhs, qac or qd.  We expand those out because WE (the transcription department) decided that we should for clarification purposes. 


My dangerous abbreviation sheet doesn't list...sm
q. as a dangerous abbreviation. It lists q.d. and q.o.d. and q.n. but not just q. by itself. ?
PO is not a dangerous abbreviation (see msg)

Go to this website: 


http://www.ismp.org/tools/errorproneabbreviations.pdf 


 


IV is not a dangerous abbreviation.
For Pitocin it is WAS given.
q is a dangerous abbreviation.
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Is p.o. considered dangerous abbreviation?
nm
would you like a copy of the DAL(dangerous abbrv. list).
Just so happen my supervisor sent it to me today thinking that a report was mine with a dangerous abbr. listed in it.  Let me know if you would like for me to email you a copy.
medical abbreviation list and medical drug list
Hi,

Anyone there who could help me out finding the latest abbreviations list.
I even want the latest drug list because my current program does not have many drugs.

So if anyone could suggest anything which is available online for informationd quick look purposes.

any help for medical abbreviation list and medical drug list would be very helpful.

word list (see link)
http://www.prenhall.com/medtransoriginal/wordlist/podiatry.htm
Here's a link to a good list of organisms I use.

Just in case the link doesn't work, copy and paste.


http://www.indiana.edu/~tmrna/menus/listalpha.html


oops, sorry, misread list, link is good! nm
nm
need help- OB abbreviation
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abbreviation help

What might WPW stand for?  All he says is 35-year-old female with a history of WPW.


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What is the abbreviation for...

square centimeters, or does it just get typed out?


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abbreviation q
Yes, but I believe the abbreviation "q" must be changed to "every".  The use of q can be confused for a U or a 0.
RE: Abbreviation
I got into this with someone the other day. I was told Joint Commission has a Do Not Use List and this is on it. You put by mouth.
MT is abbreviation for Montana
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Help on abbreviation board, please
Thanks!
What is the best abbreviation expander??

I normally use autocorrect, but it is very slow lately, and I think I have about reached my capacity.  I am looking for a good Expander that I will be able to convert my autocorrect to.  Thanks in advance for your opinions!!



medical abbreviation.

no doubt acronymfinder.com is a good site but it is more general.

to be specific about medical abbreviations try this.

http://www.pharma-lexicon.com/
Abbreviation programs

Hi - What type of abbreviation program is good?  I used to have Abbreviate, but no longer have it.  Is Foxfire a good program?  Does anyone just use their Word autocorrect strictly?  If you use Word autocorrect - do you know how to copy it and put it on another computer? 


Thanks for any help!!


Dangerous as far as what? NM
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Not sure. I just know enough to be dangerous.
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Is it dangerous to buy used?
Used may be cheaper . . . but is it safe?  I hadn't really thought of getting used because I'd hate to get a "problem" computer.  However, if it were just as good as new . . . maybe . . .
Portability of abbreviation lists

Your question raises the portability of abbreviation lists when you use different trascription platforms.


Each platform offers a utility where you can create your list of abbreviations, but you don't want to start over and over each time you change platforms.
The solution to this problem is that EITHER these platforms provide you with another utility that lets you convert your list to their format OR you invest in an Expander software like ShortHand or Instant Text that let you use your list practically on all platforms.
With Instant Text you can import your AutoCorrect with a few clicks and then you can use it with EMDAT or any other platform.
Your time is worth money. You may want to evaluate how much it is worth by calculating how much time it takes to redo your list.


Use a semicolon prefix before your yo abbreviation, then you can
type 34;yo to get 34-year-old. There are lots of prefixes you can use--see SH's help file. BTW, this also works in autocorrect.
dangerous abbreviations
It really depends on the account. Some facilities/doctors really don't care for the new set of guidelines and want their work verbatim precisely. But employers want it practiced just in case for some of the more confusing abbreviations.
dangerous abbrevs

Pharmacies make plenty of mistakes on prescriptions and I have never heard of one being shut down.  They aren't any better or more careful at their job than anyone else in health care these days - which is to say, the consumer/patient needs to be on their toes at all times because you simply cannot trust anyone to do their job properly. 


Yes, sloppy writing is responsible for some of these mistakes, which is one of the reasons why many elements of  the AMA, the pharmacist associations, and the pharmaceutical industry are pushing for all drugs to have an individual number assigned, so that medication errors can be eliminated or at least greatly reduced.   Thousands of people are injured, make sick or even die from prescription errors every year.


I have been doing MT since the 1970s and I have seen huge changes in health care.  Most obvious change is that it has become a BUSINESS rather than a human service.  Most if not all involved in health care delivery care foremost about the bottom line and their own "bottoms."   Like one of the posters below, I too have noted how long the disclaimers are at the bottom of the H&P and Consults, particularly by the surgeons and interventionalists. 


When I started MT, almost no report was more than 1 page long.  Now, I sometimes transcribe reports where the "disclaimer" section with risks, benefits, alternatives, possible outcomes explanation is half a page long.   This information is already contained in the consent forms that are signed by the patient, so it is redundant to include it on the dictated report, but more and more MDs are doing it.   I have also noticed, or perhaps it is just my perception, that all dictators are including more information about patient attitude, knowledge and compliance regarding their (the patient's) regarding their medical condition.   Personally, I think that is a good thing - people need to take more responsibility for themselves and stop expecting the doctor to solve all their problems. 


 


 


Dangerous Abbv. below
I want to know how come a hospital says they are compliant with the list and AAMT guidelines but tell you transcribe ver batim even if incorrect? Can't have it both ways seems to me. I got caught by QA between a rock and a hard place about this but stood my ground. I did ver batim because that was the hospital's wish even though I knew it was wrong dictation. At least I flagged it for QA but it caused a problem. No one seems to have the answer. Next time, I'm not flagging it.
Not just lazy...DANGEROUS
This is how patient care errors are made. I know they hate dictating, but it is very disrespectful to their patients when the doctors won't even attempt to dictate clearly so that their patient's lives are not in jeopardy. They should be chastized by their hospitals and not allowed to dictate like that!
Dangerous Abbreviations

Q.D., QD, q.d., qd (daily) = Mistaken for each other = Write "daily".


I woud say this should over ride anything BOS has to say, but we aim to please the client.  As transcriptionists though we should be aware of these dangerous abbreviations since it can affect a patient's medical record and how it is interpreted.


cc is not correct, mL is. cc is a dangerous
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Dangerous Abbreviations
"IV" isn't on the Joint Commission list of dangerous abbreviations. Don't take this as an indication that you're getting old--the confusion surrounding those darned abbreviations can be aggravating.

Here are some reasons for the aggravation. You might have seen it on a facility's list in the past or you might have encountered it as a recommendation from a consultant or in a journal article. Before The Joint Commission solidified its list of dangerous abbreviations, there was a lot of confusion about this--some groups banned any and all abbreviations.

There is an abbreviation that is banned because it can be CONFUSED WITH "IV." It's "IU," the abbreviation for "international unit." While it's OK to use IV, some facilities do not want you to use it, reasoning that if IU can be confused with IV, then IV can be confused with IU. And then some would want you to avoid using IV, until they discover that they have to pay extra for you to transcribe "intravenously."

Here is a link to the whole list. The document on The Joint Commission website was broken, so this link is to another website, but it is the same thing. http://www.aapmr.org/hpl/pracguide/jcahosymbols.htm




If you suspect something dangerous, then
for heaven's sake go and visit a doctor.

Why do you suspect a pulmonary embolism? I dounbt tht you wiklk be able to cough it up. Are you producing some blood when coughing?

It might just be some mucus or phlegm that you cannot lodged in you lungs.

Does your cough produce blood?

Here are the symptoms tht indicate a pulmonary embolism
(blood clot in the lungs):

Google:

'Pulmonary embolism symptoms can vary greatly, depending on how much of your lung is involved, the size of the clot and your overall health especially the presence or absence of underlying lung disease or heart disease.

Common signs and symptoms include:

Sudden shortness of breath, either when you're active or at rest.
Chest pain that often mimics a heart attack. The pain can occur anywhere in your chest and may radiate to your shoulder, arm, neck or jaw. It may be sharp and stabbing or aching and dull and may become worse when you breathe deeply (pleurisy), cough, eat, bend or stoop. The pain will get worse with exertion but won't go away when you rest.
A cough that produces bloody or blood-streaked sputum.
Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia).
Other signs and symptoms that can occur with pulmonary embolism include:

Wheezing
Leg swelling
Clammy or bluish-colored skin
Excessive sweating
Anxiety
Weak pulse
Lightheadedness or fainting (syncope)
Fever'

If you do not have these symptoms, take an aspirin, drink hot tea with lemon juice and honey, you might just have a cold.
I would never begin a sentence with an abbreviation, for one thing. nm
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SM for a really awesome abbreviation website I have in my favorites.

You can look up expansions for abbreviations.  It also lists normal lab values, symbols and numbers definitions for the deciphering the ShortHand that nurses and other clinical personnel use on the chart.  It even has the JCAHO dangerous abbreviations list.  It just has a lot of little neat functions that I've found helpful.  Here it is:


http://www.medabbrev.com/main.cfm


Thoughts on dangerous abbreviations

You're partly right.  Joint Commission has no jurisdiction over a private office setting; however, this was adopted by Joint after it was first given to the national pharmacy assocition.  When a doctor has his/her nurse phone in a prescription or writes one himself regardless of private office or inpatient setting, s/he better follow these guidelines. 


Having worked in a pharmacy, I understand how critical it is to be able to know EXACTLY what the doctor wants the patient to have presribed.  Pharmacy is going down the same path as MT work.  Notice how many insurers allow for your prescriptions to go to a mail order company who will fill up to three months of your prescriptions at a time.  The first line of defense these companies have (well, really just one anymore as they are becoming the MQ of pharmacies), is to scan the prescription.  If it is not written clearly, a body must contact that physician.  Addtionally these mail order companies allow MDs to relay prescriptions online.  These guidelines better be followed or they will be contacted.


Depending on which division within the mail order pharmacy you work, a tech may fill more than 100 prescriptions an hour.  If ONE of those prescriptions is filled incorrectly, it is reported to the State Board of Pharmacy who requires a monetary penalty be forwarded by the company depending on the error classification.  If there are too many errors in a given month, the pharmacy is shut down, the supervising PHARMACIST receives (typically) a $5000 fine and a one month to five year suspension of practice, all actions of which are published and distributed to all 50 states in a monthly newsletter.


To say this is all AAMT's fault is ludicrous.  To say the doctors are not going to change their ways because they have god complexes is ludicrous.  This happened because too many mistakes were being made through haste, bad handwriting, lack of time to thoughtfully write prescriptions, etc.  This is today's reality.  If you do not adapt, you do not survive.  Just ask a Cro-Magnon.


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This is extremely dangerous reasoning. SM
It isn't what the "suits" are saying, it is what they are doing.  These are two totally different and separate entities.  My God, are you so complacent that you cannot even take a look around and see the face of the future?  No one is telling anyone to not just "be happy."  A little foresight and present thinking is imperative, not only in the MT world but in many other areas of business, especially IT.  It's all going over to Asia and it's all same-same there. 
JCAHO dangerous abbreviations
Do physician offices/clinic notes need to comply with this list?  I thought JCAHO was joint commission for hospital compliance. 
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When I use my CAPS LOCK only the first letter of my abbreviation is capitalized..sm
and not any other.  The only way I can get my entire abbreviation to be in capitals is by holding down my Shift key.  I thought maybe I have something set up incorrectly in Preferences, etc. but can find nothing that would be of help. Do you have any other suggestions?
Can anyone suggest a good, up to date abbreviation book? Thanks nm

nm


Not to mention extremely dangerous for your pets - sm
especially the flea collars, shampoos, etc. Totally agree. Awful products. Should be banned completely.
Some rules I follow..for #6, I think the first time an abbreviation is used, you expand and paren th
but no abbreviations in diagnosis at all.
I must be tired. but if I had an abbreviation for Mickey Mouse, that mistake wouldn't have been m
nm
Lord, preserve me from Sam's Club! That place is dangerous!

That is THE most dangerous thing I think I've ever heard. You don't understand it?!

We have been told to use mL for all, regardless if dictated cc. Dangerous abbrev. blahblahblah nm
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There are so many variables at play that it's dangerous to compare to others along these lines. s
I know that there have been occasions when I've had a run of one of my more familiar docs -- one for whom I have a lot of canned text and who tends to dictate with a great deal of regularity, and quickly -- and I've been able to break the 500 lph barrier, but only briefly. Otherwise, working a large hospital account as I do, with dozens of regular docs and a hundred or so others who just crop up now and then, I can't conceive of anyone averaging anything close to that ... I'm luckly to average above 250-275 lph on a typical day, and some days -- when it's resident and ESL heavy -- that can go down to 150-200.

But, again, it's really pretty silly to compare lph between different MTs unless the variables are the same.