Prevalence of error-prone abbreviations used in medication prescribing for hospitalised patients: multi-hospital evaluation
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages e19–e22, March 2012
How to Cite
Dooley, M. J., Wiseman, M. and Gu, G. (2012), Prevalence of error-prone abbreviations used in medication prescribing for hospitalised patients: multi-hospital evaluation. Internal Medicine Journal, 42: e19–e22. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02697.x
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Received 5 August 2010; accepted 20 December 2010.
The use of error-prone abbreviations in prescribing is a potential cause of misinterpretation that may lead to medication error. This study determined frequency and type of error-prone abbreviations in inpatient medication prescribing across three Australian hospitals. Three hundred and sixty-nine (76.9%) patients had one or more error-prone abbreviations used in prescribing, with 8.4% of orders containing at least one error-prone abbreviation and 29.6% of these considered to be high risk for causing significant harm.