UHS Pharmacy Team to Standardize Abbreviations, Acronyms, & Symbols on Handwritten Prescriptions

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Team ID: 
College / Administrative Unit: 
Student Affairs
Date Started: 
August 2004
Objective: Use of traditional pharmaceutical abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations (sig codes) can result in prescription processing errors that compromise patient safety. JCAHO, as part of the National Patient Safety Goals initiative, has identified error-prone sig codes and recommended safer alternative sig codes. Goal: Increase the use of newly recommended sig codes for improved patient safety.
Contact Person: 
Patricia Irwin
  • Peg Spear, Sponsor
  • Barbara Gallagher, Leader
  • Chet Evans, Member
  • Jim Gill, Member
  • Patricia Grieb, Member
  • Bonnie Lose, Member