Abbreviation/Dose Expression/ Stemmed Names NOT ALLOWED ¯
Morphine or Magnesium Sulfate
Mistaken for incorrect medication - can mean either medication
Every other day
Mistaken for each other
Write: Every other day
U or u
Read as a zero (0) or a four (4), causing a 10 fold overdose or greater (4U seen as "4" or 4 seen as 44").
"Unit" has no acceptable abbreviation. Use "unit"
Misread as IV (intravenous).
Zero after decimal point (1.0)
Misread as 10 mg if the decimal point is not seen.
Do not use terminal zeros for doses expressed in whole numbers.
No zero before decimal dose (.5 mg)
Misread as 5 mg.
Always use the zero before a decimal when the dose is less than a whole unit.
CareNet/Organizational Policy and Procedures/Abbreviations List…. Do Not Use/accessed 4/4/12
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