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