Saturday, January 24, 2009

Medical Transcription Guidelines -24

Semicolons

1. Use a semicolon to separate two independent clauses that are not joined by a conjunction such as and, but, for, or, nor, but are related in meaning. In the following example,the semicolon takes the place of a period.

Lungs are clear to auscultation; no rales or rhonchi are present.

2. If the word however or therefore separates two independent clauses, place a semicolon before the word and a comma after it.

The patient was very tired; however, he did not complain of weakness.

Dr. Campbell reported that the pathology specimen was negative; therefore, no further follow-up is necessary.

3. Use a semicolon to separate main sections when the separate internal elements are already separated by commas.

Heart: Regular rate and rhythm; no murmur, gallop, or rub; Sl and S2 normal.

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