JCR offers do-not-use abbreviation kit

Outpatient surgery managers can get a jump on reminding staff members not to use certain abbreviations with a new toolkit available from Joint Commission Resources (JCR), an affiliate of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The toolkit, "Spell It Out!" is designed to help health care organizations eliminate the use of dangerous medical abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols. The kit includes clipboards, posters, quick reference cards, sticker sheets, and multi-click pens with a window that displays the do-not-use abbreviations.

The complete kit (order code KAB-05BHM) costs $49 plus $10.95 for shipping and handling. To order a kit, call (877) 223-6866 or go to www.jcrinc.com and choose "Online Ordering," Click on "publications and media." In the "Search by Keywords" box, type "Spell it out." Items also can be ordered separately.