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Does anyone think getting rid of medical abbreviations will reduce mistakes?

Does anyone think getting rid of medical abbreviations will reduce mistakes? Topic: Medical prescription writing abbreviations
June 19, 2019 / By Delores
Question: Do you think any written policies should be developed? When do you think abbreviations are acceptable?
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Cady Cady | 3 days ago
policies have been developed, in the 5 years I've been in healthcare a lot of abbreviations are not used anymore, especially abbreviations on doctors orders and prescriptions. I'm almost half way through nursing school and there are so many words you have to write out now to prevent mistakes. So measures have been taken and I'm sure more will in the future with the implimentation of computer charting.
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Allyson Allyson
I think that if the doctor is writing the abbreviations in notes for himself, he probably can read his own writing. But if he is writing for someone else they should have standards, or type everything.
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Allyson Originally Answered: I believe hippa is meant to cover the medical staff and medical professional alone, does anyone agree with me?
Theoretically the hippa standards were put in place to try to be fair to all parties involved so the reason it was developed was more than just the medical staff rights. . Patient #1, relatives and families, medial staff, medical providers are some of the more important parties considered. Whether the list of rights etc in hippa is working very well is debatable and may cause more injustices in some cases. But in fairness this is a very complicated and involved set of issues that any list of rights and responsibilities probably won't adequately address all the issues. At least we can say it is an attempt to try to be fair and address the fact that outlandish unfairness or even crimes can be committed in the implimentation of medical treatment. Nobody is really covered by anything other than understanding, trying to do the right thing, and a few drops of love by all involved to try to do the best to the patients within the framework fairness to all other parties involved. Hippa probably needs periodic review to see where it needs to be improved.
Allyson Originally Answered: I believe hippa is meant to cover the medical staff and medical professional alone, does anyone agree with me?
No. It was created to protect the patient's right to privacy regfarding their "medical record," meaning that record created by a "health care provider" or "health carrier" in connection with providing medical services. So, for instance, there is some disagreement as to wehther a DNA sample taken by court personnel is covered under HIPAA, since that would not be a "medical record".

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