Good luck. We fought this out in medicine for many years. D oes "PND" mean "Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea" or "Post-Nasal Drip"? (Depends on whether you are on the cardiology or the ENT service at the ti me.)
I have been on several committes trying to delop a list of standard abbrevi ations. The problem has always been to get everyone to use the list , rather than their own idiosycratic abbreviations. In my experie nce (not in the labortory), it has always been a dismal failure. Works OK when only 1 person needs to read the results; falls apart when m ultiple persons must.
For clairity and lack of confusion/error, my opinion is that it is always best to write things out fully.
Just my medical 2 cents.
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
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