posted by Theresa on .
when is abbreviations acceptable? who should use them and why?
Abbreviations should only be used when the intended audience is thoroughly familiar with them. Reports to the patients should not contain abbreviations.
okay- but can this pratice increase serious errors, thus cause medical harm
Yes, using abbreviations can cause serious harm if they are misinterpreted. Abbreviations on billings for insurance companies may be o.k., though.
Thank you Sue. Have a great evening