Saturday, January 10, 2009

Medical Transcription Guidelines -10


1. Do not confuse a dash with a hyphen. A hyphen differs in both use and appearance from a dash. Dashes are used to give greater emphasis, to explain a statement, to replace a comma or comma pair, or to set off a parenthetical statement.

This 65-year-old African-American female did not return to the office for follow-up until today—in spite of my warnings to the contrary—and the squamous cell carcinoma on the nose has likely metastasized in the interim.

2. A hyphen (-) is shorter than a dash (—).

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