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Nursing2015

May 2005, Volume 35 Number 5 , p 12 - 12

Author

  • MICHAEL R. COHEN RPh, MS, ScD

Abstract

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(5)             May 2005             p 12 JCAHO shifts responsibility to prescribers [MEDICATION ERRORS: BANNED ABBREVIATIONS]

COHEN, MICHAEL R. RPh, MS, ScD

President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Before 2005, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) didn't score certain risky abbreviations noncompliant if a nurse or pharmacist called the prescriber for clarification and documented the intended meaning. As of January, JCAHO doesn't consider an organization compliant if an abbreviation from the National Patient Safety Goal “Dangerous—do not use” list appears on a medical record, regardless of clarification. The responsibility for avoiding dangerous abbreviations has shifted from nurses and pharmacists to prescribers and administrative staff.

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