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May 30, 2018: Reaffirming the "Do Not Use: Dangerous Abbreviations, Symbols and Dose Designations" List

In 2006, ISMP Canada published a list of dangerous abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations, which has since been widely referenced in healthcare organizations to inform safe medication practices (e.g., Health Standards Organization's Medication Management Standards). The list, which included commonly misinterpreted abbreviations that were involved in harmful medication errors reported in Canada, was adapted from a similar initiative by ISMP in the United States. Reports of medication incidents resulting from the use of abbreviations, symbols, or dose designations in Canada have continued to be monitored. This bulletin presents ISMP Canada's analysis and decision to reaffirm the Do Not Use: Dangerous Abbreviations, Symbols and Dose Designations list.   Read more ...