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NYU Winthrop Hospital Unapproved Abbreviations

 UNACCEPTABLE /

UNAPPROVED

ACCEPTABLE

 

 

U (for unit)

Instead: write "unit"

 

IU (for international unit)

Instead: write "international unit"

 

Q.D., Q.I.D., Q.O.D

Instead: write "daily", "four times daily or 4x/day" and "every other day" respectively.

 

Trailing zero (X.0), lack of leading zero (.X)

Instead: never write a zero by itself after a decimal point, and always use a zero before a decimal point.

 

MS, MSO4, MgSO4

Instead: write "morphine sulfate" or "magnesium sulfate"

 

ug or mcg (for microgram)**

Instead: write "microgram"

 

T.I.W. (for three times a week)

Instead: write "3 times a week" or 3  times weekly"

 

A.S., A.D., A.U. (Latin abbreviation for left, right, or both ears) and O.S., O.D., O.U. (Latin Abbreviation for left, right, or both eyes)

Instead: write "left ear", "right ear" or "both ears" and "left eye", "right eye" or "both eyes"   

* R (for Right)

This is a dangerous abbreviation; spell "Right" to avoid surgical errors

* L (for Left)

This is a dangerous abbreviation; spell "Left" to avoid surgical errors

** mcg acceptable in electronic format