Tamsin Constable

Could bad writing lead to deaths?

Proof, should anyone need it, that clear writing is no luxury: it can be a matter of life and death.

The consumer association Which? found that bad writing can not only affect people’s health, but potentially cost lives.

It looked at the instructions that go with diagnostic health kits to use at home and found that the instructions and information are often baffling.

In one case, people were told to draw blood from the ‘hillside’ of the finger. Other words that could cause confusion included ‘separation membranes’, ‘desiccant’ and ‘in-vitro diagnostic device’.

The result is that people who test themselves at home could misinterpret the results. At best they’ll be worried for no reason.

At worst, they could think everything is fine, when it’s not.

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