Clinical communication

Terminology: frequency abbreviations

Some venues or practitioners may still use the abbreviations in the ‘avoid’ column below.
The Australian Safety and Quality Council (2006) recommends these abbreviations not be used as their meanings may be mistaken.

Meaning

Use

Avoid

for 1 month

write for one month in full

1/12

for 6 weeks

write for six weeks in full

6/52

for 1 week

write for one week in full

1/52

for 1 day

write for one day in full

1/7, x1d

for 2 days

write for two days in full

2/7

every 4 hours in a day

write 4 hourly with specific times, eg 0600 , 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200

4/24

every 6 hours in a day

write 6 hourly with specific times, eg 0600, 1200, 1800, 2400

6/24

every 8 hours in a day

write 8 hourly with specific times, eg 0600, 1400, 2200

8/24

once daily

write time; or mane, midday, nocte

 OD,  d 

 

For more information about medication charts and abbreviations, see the National inpatient medication chart on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website:

www.health.gov.au/internet/safety/publishing.nsf/Content/national-inpatient-medication-chart

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