Saturday, January 22, 2022

Q&A: Is there an approved list of abbreviations for Ascension Wisconsin?


Question: Is there an approved list of abbreviations for charting at Ascension Wisconsin?

Answer: After checking with Medical Records, Informatics, Clinical Educators, Quality and others in-the-know, we determined that there is currently NO statewide list of approved abbreviations for Ascension Wisconsin for documenting care in the EHRs.   

But there is a team currently working on standardizing a policy statewide.

Some sites / regions may have their own approved abbreviations lists / policies (like the ones below), but there is nothing standardized statewide:
  • Use of Abbreviations and Symbols (PolicyStat 10494144)  but it appears to be limited to The Fox Valley.
  • Abbreviations Policy (PolicyStat 9522008) - Franklin - Elmbrook - St Joseph's Campus

For reference and patient safety, there are several DO NOT USE abbreviation lists:

For a complete listing of what's possible, see
Dorland's Dictionary of Medical Acronyms (c2016) via Clinical Key, through 
Ascension Wisconsin Library Services.  

1 comment:

  1. This is great! This question just came up 2 weeks ago and I could not find one! Thanks!