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Dangerous Abbreviations


Dangerous Abbreviations

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The learning resource is a listing of abbreviations that health care providers should not use for medciation administration.  The list was developed by the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP).  It provides a listing of dangerous abbreviations and the assocated rationale. 
Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: July 10, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 16, 2010
Submitter: Jeanne Sewell
Keywords: Medications, Drugs, Medication administration, Dangerous abbreviations


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    avg: 5 rating
  • User review 4 average rating
  • User Rating: 4 user rating
  • Discussion (1 Comment)
  • Learning Exercises (none)
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Primary Audience: College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
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Language: English
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Avatar for anastasia guseva
4 years ago

anastasia guseva (Student)

There have been so many errors in the health care field that were due to the improper use of abbreviations, whether it was with medication administration or surgical procedures. Therefore, this information is critical to know, and the way it was presented was clear and concise.

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