Wk 3 Discussion Questions HCP210

Wk 3 Discussion Questions HCP210 - medications This could...

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Discussion Questions HCP210 Why is it important to identify and avoid using Do Not Use abbreviations found in pharmacy practice? Provide an example of a Do Not Use abbreviation and describe what the consequences of mistaking the abbreviation would be. How might a pharmacy technician take steps to prevent abbreviation error? In the pharmacy not all staff is fully aware of the abbreviations and the meanings. By avoiding the use of certain abbreviations that are identified on the” Do Not Use” list will prevent confusion and error on a patients prescription such as the amount taken per day or per week. Even the smallest error can be life threatening. The abbreviation TIW which means three times a week could be mistaken as three times a day and this could cause a patient to overdose on
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Unformatted text preview: medications. This could also be the other way around where as TID means three times a day and could be mistaken for three times a week causing a patient not to get the correct amount of medication. The best option for all pharmacy technicians is to write out all directions such as “Three times a week” so that others in the pharmacy will know exactly what the dosage is and to help minimize error and confusion. How might gaining an expertise of roots, prefixes, and abbreviations used in the pharmacy field assist you in your practice? Is there a situation when it would be inappropriate to use abbreviations? How might patient safety be affected by pharmacy personnel who understand roots, prefixes, suffixes, and abbreviations?...
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