May 17, 2011 by dailybolusoflr
As of 2004, JCAHO came out with a Do Not Use list of abbreviations.
In the world of electronic charting, many of you have never written a paper prescription, but there are many opportunities even on the computer to type out your own instructions and even some of these abbreviations may find their way into the chart. In addition, there are many hospitals that are still paper based.
DO NOT USE ACCEPTED
IU International Unit
QD or QOD Daily or every other day
8. or .8 8 or 0.8 (decimal use)
MS, MS04 or MgSO4 Morphine or Magnesium
H.S. half strength or “at bedtime” (depending on how you are using it)
TIW three times a week
S.C. or S.Q Sub Q
AD/AS/AU or right/left or both ears
OD/OS/OU right/left or both eyes
Linda Regan, MD FACEP
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions