Writing it out can save a life.

Let’s stop the use of abbreviations in healthcare.

Why are abbreviations a problem?

Abbreviations are very often misinterpreted. A misread text message might be confusing, but a misread prescription or medical chart could be deadly.

You can make changes in your organization.

We can stop the use of abbreviations and ensure all medical communication is clear and concise. Get started in your organization with four easy steps.

Have you started an initiative?

What is your experience with changing abbreviation use? Share your successes and insights with us so that others can learn from you.

About the HQCA

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) uses information about the health of Albertans and the health system to study, report on, and improve patient safety and health service quality. We work with patients and the public, those who provide healthcare, and the government to promote and improve high quality and safe patient care.