"Saving Keystrokes" will help medical transcriptionists maximize their speed, productivity, and profits by effective use of software programs called abbreviation expanders, speedtyping software, and word completion software. Written by a medical transcriptionist, this one-of-a-kind reference shows how to create expanders and macros for use with this software. The book teaches easy-to-learn techniques for developing accurate expanders and expander lists for nearly everything you type. Included are specific expander techniques for capitalization, punctuation, symbols, headings, drugs, numbers, and phrases for handling predictable and not-so-predictable dictators and other chart details. Practice and test sections are integrated throughout the book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What is an Expander? Why Use Expanders? Building an Expander Standardizing Expanders Chapter 2: Getting Started Using This Workbook Basic Building Blocks Chapter 3: Canned Expanders Days of the Week Months of the Year Time of Day Year Old/Month Old Ranges of Days Number of Times Words You Type "Worng" Sutures Instruments Lab Values, Tests, Prescribing Orders, and More Words or Letters that are Always Capitalized One-Letter Expanders Keeping Words Together Temporary Expanders Doctor Names Race and Ethnicity Left/Right Distinction Chapter 4: Expanders for One, Two and Three Words Expanders for One Word Expanders for Two Words Expanders for Three Words Conflicting Combinations Points to Ponder CHAPTER 4 TEST Chapter 5: Making Macronyms Function Letters Building on Macronyms Expanders for Condensed Words Zipped Expanders Stretching Expanders CHAPTER 5 TEST Chapter 6: Evolving Expanders New Beginnings/New Endings Nesting Categories Groupings Bookends Checkpoint CHAPTER 6 TEST Chapter 7: Expanders for Everyday Phrases Building on Everyday Verbs Stacking Expanders Complete Sentences CHAPTER 7 TEST Chapter 8: Special Characters and Capitalization Surviving Symbols and Irregular Capitalization Virgules/Slashes Ampersands Hyphens Contractions Possessives Capitalization A, An, and The Phraseology One Word Sentences CHAPTER 8 TEST Chapter 9: Fine Tuning Your File Streamlining Retooling Distinguishing Words/Letters Subtle Differences Sound it Out Hypo/Hyper CHAPTER 9 TEST Chapter 10: Chart Details Headings Predictable Dictators CHAPTER 10 TEST Chapter 11: Numbers Fractions CHAPTER 11 TEST Chapter 12: Drugs Drugs with Dosages Included CHAPTER 12 TEST Chapter 13: Putting it All Together Chapter 14: Making Magic Summary of Techniques Final Thoughts Appendix A: Glossary of Terms Appendix B: Available Expander Software Appendix C: Function Letters Appendix D: Expander Print Out Log File Appendix E: Practice Answers Appendix F: Test Answers