Improving the Safety of Using Medications

Do not use abbreviations 

 

Approved Terminology​Do Not Use
Unit​U
​International Unit​IU
​Daily​Q.D.
​Every other daily​Q.O.D.
​Four times daily​Q.I.D.
​Morphine​MS; MS04
​Magnesium Sulfate​.MgSO4
​Always use a zero before a decimal point.X mg
​Never use a zero by itself after a decimal point for medication orders​X.0 mg

Improving the Safety of Using Medications