ISMP Survey on Vaccine Abbreviation Use

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey on the use of vaccine abbreviations. Before completing the survey, it would be helpful, but not necessary, to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov/nip/visi/prototypes/vaxabbrev.htm) to view a proposed list of uniform, standard abbreviations for vaccines. Please submit your responses by July 11, 2003.

1. Your Experience: Select the appropriate response to indicate whether you know of any errors in the past year that have occurred in your organization related to the use of vaccine abbreviations.
Areas Where Abbreviations May Appear Error(s)? Comments
  Yes No  
a. Handwritten vaccine orders
b. Preprinted vaccine orders
c. Vaccine protocols/schedules
d. Pharmacy vaccine labels
e. Immunization records (for provider)
f. Immunization records (for patient)
g. Pharmacy/prescriber order entry screens
h. Automated dispensing cabinet screens
i. Manufacturer product labels
j. Other:

2. Your Opinion: Select the appropriate response to tell us your opinion about the following statements related to the adoption and use of uniform, standard abbreviations for vaccines. (See www.cdc.gov/nip/visi/prototypes/vaxabbrev.htm for a proposed list.)
Statement
Agree Undecided Disagree Comments
a. Standard abbreviations should be used for vaccines.
b. Standard abbreviations for vaccines will reduce the risk of errors
related to misinterpretation.
c. Proposed standard abbreviations for vaccines should fall into two categories: one for use in clinical settings (without complex specifiers) and the other for use in scientific publications.
d. Computer screens should display the full brand (when applicable) and generic names of all vaccine products..
e. Preprinted orders and protocols should display the full brand (when applicable) and generic names of all vaccine products.
f. Published immunization schedules should display the full generic name(s) of all vaccines.
g. Standard abbreviations should be used for vaccine peel-off stickers that are placed on patient records.
h. Standard abbreviations should be used to designate each component
vaccine for combination products.
i. Immunization forms should be designed with space available to fully list the brand name and each vaccine component.

3. Your facility: Choose the category that best describes your practice site.

 

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