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Medical Terminology

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Who should use abbreviations and why?
When are they acceptable?

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    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Because these are medical abbreviations they are used in transcriptions, by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians. Some that could cause confusion are avoided.

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    It depends on the intended audience. If abbreviations are commonly accepted by the audience, then they can be effectively used. If there is some uncertainty whether the audience will understand, the term should be given in full along with the abbreviation the first time it is mentioned. Here is an example:

    To remember this, you have to transfer the information from your short term memory (STM) to your long term memory (LTM). STM lasts only a few seconds without rehearsal, while LTM can last a lifetime.

    I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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    abbreviations are so commonly used and in order to keep from errrors we need to eliminate them by useing full words first then abbreviations and eliminate all the more error prone ones

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