Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:42:36 -0600
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From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Abbreviations
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Mary Ellen,
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.

Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:30:01 -0400
From: mas35**At_Symbol_Here**CASE.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Abbreviations
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU

To Everyone,
What is your opinion of allowing laboratories to use abbreviations and short hand as long as a key to those abbreviations is kept in a conspicuous location and is clearly identified?
Thoughts? and Thanks
Mary Ellen

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