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Wednesday Transcription Tip- Using the Plus/Minus Sign

Posted by Chad Sines on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 @ 12:23 AM

plusHere are some tips for using the plus sign.

1.         Do not use the plus sign without a numeral.

Examples:  +1, +2, +3, +4 or 1+, 2+, 3+, 4+

                                    not +. ++, +++, ++++

2.         In laboratory and technical readings, use the symbol unless it will not be noticeable or clear.

Example:         3+ gram-positive cocci

3.         In a range, use the word to (not a hyphen) to indicate a range when the plus sign is used.

Example:         Reflexes 2+/4 to 3+/4 on the right and 4+/4 on the left.

4.         Write out plus when it means more than.

Example:         At 40 plus, he considered himself old.

5.         When typing “plus or minus,” express as plus or minus or plus/minus, not +/- except in tables or test results.

Diane Gilmore, CMT
Med-Line Instructor


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