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Abbreviation leads to medication error

A patient being treated for ulcerative proctitis was accidentally given aspirin suppositories twice a day for 11 days after a physicians order was written in an abbreviated form. The physician's abbreviation of 5 ASA suppository one gr bid was meant to be mesalamine which can be abbreviated as 5-aminosalicyclic acid. The patient's hospital stay was extended due to the medication error

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by US Pharmacist

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  • Ulcerative procititis

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About: Abbreviation leads to medication error

Date: 15 November 2004

Source: US Pharmacist


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