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Format, Style, and Punctuation 

Units of Measure

Phil B. Fontanarosa

and Stacy Christiansen

The format, style, and punctuation guidelines generally apply for SI reporting but also are used for reporting most values in conventional units. SI reporting style uses exponents rather than certain abbreviations, such as cu and sq. The same symbol is used for single and multiple quantities. Unit symbols are not expressed in the plural form. Units of measure are treated as collective singular (not plural) nouns and require a singular verb.To control the patient’s fever, 500 mg of acetaminophen was [not were] administered at the time of admission and 1000 mg was required 4 hours later. A unit of measure

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