posted by Colette on .
How can elimating abbreviations reduce errors
OK here are three examples
IPA can stand for?
Iodoplatinic acid (used in chemistry to show up amines on chromatography plates)
India Pale Ale
I once had a student who sprayed chromatography plates with India Pale Ale because he had got no result when he had sprayed the plate with isopropyl alcohol after I had told him to use IPA. I had meant iodoplatinic acid.
If you look here:
There are loads of examples what IPA could stand for!
Thus by not using abbreviations, errors like mine above can be avoided.