Staff Education Tool: Error-Prone Abbreviations Poster


The Institute for Safe Medication Practices provides a free, downloadable poster organizations can use to remind staff members of the importance of eliminating error-prone abbreviations.


The one-page poster, developed by ISMP and FDA, gives an example of a potentially confusing prescription, and then provides the following educational message:


"Some educational abbreviations, symbols and dose designations should not be used. They are often misread and lead to serious mistakes."


Download the abbreviations poster (pdf) for use in your organization.


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