preventing errors with shortcut "sig" codes, mnemonics, and abbreviations

Technicians are on the front lines for preventing errors with shortcut "sig" codes, mnemonics, and abbreviations.

Many pharmacy computer systems are set up with shortcuts to speed up the dispensing process. For example, one tablet twice daily may be entered as "1TBID"...or "PAX20" for Paxil 20 mg.

These shortcuts can save time...but they can be risky too.

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