January – February 2015
CHPSO Patient Safety News

In This Issue

Lessons Learned

Abbreviations in Patient Communications

Rules for abbreviation use generally focus on medication safety—identifying visual and textual ambiguities that may confuse other medical professionals. The ISMP List of Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols, and Dose Designations includes items like IU that could appear like IV or 10; and DPT, which could stand for Demerol-Phenergan-Thorazine or diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus.


Three HIT Buzzwords for 2015
Interoperability, Usability and HFE

Interoperability and usability have been buzzing out of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for quite some time and the ONC is on a mission to make Electronic Health Records (EHRs) worthwhile. The ONC released a proposal on January 30, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0, to improve care delivery and promote healthier lives.


Small Bore Connectors
February 2015 Update

International standards are currently in development for:

  • 80369-2 connectors: breathing and driving gas applications
  • 80369-3 “ENFit” connectors: enteral applications (e.g., feedings)
  • 80369-5 connectors: limb-cuff inflation systems
  • 80369-6 connectors: neuraxial applications
  • 80369-7 “Luer” connectors: IV and hypodermic applications

The January 2016 California deadline applies to IV applications, enteral feeding and epidural uses. The -3, -6 and -7 standards are relevant to this deadline. CHPSO is a US clinical representative on the ISO committee workgroups and is heavily involved in industry and distributor planning for the roll-out of these new safer connectors.