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Abbreviations

In the Abbreviations screen, you can create short codes for commonly used directions (SIGs). Each code can be used to enter directions in the Script Filling screen. Codes such as "1BID" (Take One Capsule/Tablet Twice Daily) can be combined with codes like "WF" (With Food). The result is a full SIG which reads, "Take One Capsule/Tablet Twice Daily With Food."

 

Topics

How Do I Create a New Abbreviation?

How Does Rule Syntax Work?

Can I Create a SIG within a SIG?

 

 

How Do I Create a New Abbreviation?

An "Abbreviation" defines a particular set of directions and the short code that can be used to select them. To create a new Abbreviation:

 

1.Click on the System menu item.

2.Select the Abbreviations option. The Abbreviations screen will open.

3.Click on the Create New Rule option.

 

If you want to find an existing Abbreviation instead of creating a new one, you can click on the magnifying glass icon on the right side of the screen and run a search.

 

4.Enter the Short Code that will be used for this SIG (e.g., 1BID).

5.In the Rule Syntax field, enter the formula to be used in creating the full text for this Abbreviation. (For more information, see the Rule Syntax section.)

6.In the Interval of Days field, enter the number of days that a dose is needed for (usually one day).

7.In the Doses field, enter the number of days between each round of doses (usually "1").

 

The Doses field determines the number of days between each round of doses. Typically, this number will be "1." In some cases, you may want a larger interval. For example, if a patient should take medication EVERY SECOND DAY, enter "2" in the Doses field. In this case, the patient will take the allotted doses every other day.

 

8.Enter the amount of medication to be taken with each dose in the Quantity Per Dose field.

9.If you are creating a SIG that contains other SIGs within it, mark the Contains Other SIGs checkbox. (For more information on this type of SIG, see the SIG within a SIG section of this chapter.)

10.Semicolons are used when inserting separate SIGs inside an Abbreviation. (Again, see the SIG within a SIG section.) Mark the Requires Semicolon checkbox if you want the SIG to be translated ONLY when it follows a semicolon (;).

11.Click on the Save button.

 

 

How Does Rule Syntax Work?

A SIG's Rule Syntax may be entered either as plain text or as a formula using dosage values. The following list shows how different values can be used in a formula.

 

%V: Indicates the Verb used for a particular Dosage record (e.g., "Take").

 

%N: Indicates the Noun of a particular Dosage record (e.g., "Capsule(s)").

 

%R: Indicates the Route for a particular Dosage record (e.g., "By Mouth").

 

 

Example:

 

Formula = %V TWO %N TWICE DAILY %R

 

Formatted Text (for a dosage record that involves taking capsules orally) = TAKE TWO CAPSULE(S) TWICE DAILY BY MOUTH

 

 

Can I Create a SIG within a SIG?

You can enter multiple short codes in the Script Filling screen to combine them into a full SIG. However, you can also create a SIG that contains other SIGs within it. For example, you could combine existing short codes like "PRN" ("As Needed") and "FP" ("For Pain"), and create a single Abbreviation that combines both. This way, you will only need to enter one short code in the Script Filling screen to enter the full set of directions. To do this:

 

1.Find or add the individual SIG(s) that will be used in your "combination SIG."

2.Click on the Create New Rule option to create a new SIG.

3.Enter a Short Code (e.g., "NFP").

4.In the Rule Syntax field, enter the SIG(s) being included in this combination SIG, along with any other text that is needed. For each SIG being inserted, enter a semicolon (;) followed by the SIG's short code (e.g., ";PRN ;FP").

 

Any short codes that are preceded by a semicolon (;) will be translated into your combination SIG. Enter any additional text that is needed to create the full SIG. (e.g., "Take ;PRN ;FP" = "Take As Needed For Pain.")

 

5.Enter the Interval of Days, Doses, and Quantity Per Dose information just as you would with an ordinary SIG.

6.Mark the Contains Other SIGs checkbox.

7.If you mark the Requires Semicolon checkbox, the short code will only be translated into the full SIG when it follows a semicolon (;).

8.Click on the Save button.

 

See Also

SIG Dosages

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