Legibility Essential

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 9:23:08 AM

Just a reminder about the impact that illegibility can have on patient safety. Recently an ambiguous, hand written, physician order was misinterpreted by a unit assistant, who then transcribed the order incorrectly. Two nurses also reviewed the order/transcription and did not feel clarification was necessary. As a result of the illegible order, the wrong procedure was performed on the patient. Fortunately, there was no patient harm.

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