HS Prohibited Abbreviations

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HS Prohibited Abbreviations

National Patient Safety Goal number two is to improve communication among caregivers by standardizing the abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used throughout the organization, including a list of abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols not to use.

"DO NOT USE" ABBREVIATIONS LIST

Abbreviation(s)

UVa Health System Preferred Term

U

Write out “units”

IU

Write out “International units”

Q.D. and
Q.O.D

Write “daily” or "every day"
Write out “every other day”

Zero after decimal point (e.g. 1.0)

Do NOT use

Zero before decimal point (e.g. 0.1)

ALWAYS use

MS or MSO4

Write out "morphine  sulfate"

MgSO4

Write out "magnesium sulfate"