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Homework Help: Reseach paper

Posted by Grace on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 7:05pm.

I have a research paper due on Medical Terminology could you please look at it and tell me what you think

■ Provides clear answers to the assigned questions
■ Addresses the questions in complete sentences, not
just simple yes or no statements
■ Supports his or her opinion by citing specific
information from the assigned Web sites and
any other references using correct APA or MLA
guidelines for citations and references
■ Stays focused on the assigned issues
■ Writes in his or her own words and uses quotation
marks to indicate direct quotations
Written Communication (20 percent of total, or
5 points per question)
The student
■ Answers each question in a complete paragraph that
includes an introductory sentence, at least four sentences
of explanation, and a concluding sentence
■ Uses correct grammar, spelling, punctuation,
and sentence structure
■ Provides clear organization (for example, uses words like
first, however, on the other hand, and so on, consequently,
since, next, and when)
■ Makes sure the paper contains no typographical
Documentation errors have always been part of the healthcare
profession. Some people in the medical field believe that
many of these errors are the result of using abbreviations in
handwritten documentation related to patients. Therefore,
accreditation agencies are now composing lists of terms that
should not be abbreviated.
research by searching through the information in the
following two Web sites:
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations (JCAHO)
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) at

As you study the information, look for the answers to the
following questions. At the end of your project, be sure
to reference any source, Web or print, that you use.
How can eliminating abbreviations reduce errors?
Should written policies be developed for abbreviation
usage? If yes, what should the policies contain? If
no, explain.
When are abbreviations acceptable? Who should use them
and why?
According to the information in the online articles, do you
think enough steps have been taken to reduce errors?
Explain why you agree or disagree.

ok this is what I have so far

Patient safety and promotion of zero medication error are common goals in every healthcare institution. One of the policies that answer the said goals is the "do not" use abbreviation. JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) provides institutions with a list of dangerous abbreviations that should be avoided in clinical documentation. Moreover, the Institute for Safe Medication Practice also promotes the consistent application of not using specified abbreviations to prevent errors. The policy recommends not using abbreviations, symbols and acronyms in medical communication. According to ISMP, abbreviations should never be used in "internal external communication, telephone/verbal prescriptions, computer generated labels, labels for drug storage bins, medication administration records, as well as pharmacy and prescriber computer order entry screens."

The use of the said policy is of great advantage to the healthcare system. First and foremost, it ensures patient safety because of the prevention of errors. Secondly, it promotes safe and efficient communication between the health care team. Studies have shown that the use of abbreviations/ acronyms or symbols in medical communication had been one of the reasons of medication errors. Commonly, abbreviations are misinterpreted that leads to unsafe health practice.

Aside from the available policy from the JCAHO, an extensive written policy regarding the said issue should be researched and accomplished. Corresponding sanctions should also be created if the policy is not followed. An extensive policy will result to better outcomes.

Furthermore, the "do not use abbreviation "policy is not enough to prevent medication errors. Along with the use of the policy, proper information dissemination and adequate education of the health care members should be enhanced. I strongly believe that posting the list of the said abbreviations in nursing units, bulletin boards and the internet is not enough to fully stop errors. Provision of teachings and ensuring that all medical staff are fully oriented and are following the policy are ways to prevent errors due to usage of abbreviations. Also, regular evaluation of the adherence to the policy should also be done. Memos should be given to medical members not following the policy. Strict application of the policy should be implemented so as to prevent lapses in the adherence to the policy.

The JCAHO and the ISMP have taken the big step to reduce errors caused by the use of abbreviations, symbols and acronyms. However, it is important that proper education be given to the health care members and frequent evaluation be done. Additionally, it is also a responsibility of the health team to strictly adhere to the policy. Since the policy was started, it is also recommended that a more extensive and an updated additional written policy be carried out.


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