Desired Outcomes

What is the desired outcome of the initiative?

The desired outcome of the initiative describes what the future state of abbreviation use in the local setting will look like if the initiative is successful. A goal will be more likely to be achieved if it is focused on a local problem demonstrated to be important. Goals should be SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic and relevant for the setting, and
  • Time-bound (a time frame to achieve the outcome is established)

U for Units: Establishing an Outcome

The Pharmacy Manager developed a proposal for an abbreviation initiative that would target the use of U instead of units in medication ordering. Although the use of U for units in charting was also recognized as an issue, it was felt that it would be most productive to focus on medication ordering first.

The stated desired outcome of the initiative was that in twelve months the word units rather than U would be used to specify the dosage of appropriate medications in all medication orders. The Pharmacy Manager realized this was an ambitious goal but felt that anything less posed an unacceptable safety risk to patients.

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U for Units: Establishing an Outcome

Together the Director of Care and the consultant pharmacist developed a proposal for an abbreviation initiative that would target the use of U instead of units in medication ordering and charting of insulin.

The stated desired outcome of the initiative was that in twelve months the word units rather than U would be used to specify the insulin dosage in all medication orders and transcriptions of medication orders for insulin. They realized this was an ambitious goal but felt that anything less posed an unacceptable safety risk to patients.

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