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Medical Abbreviations

# pound
& and
S ̅ without
c ̅ with
p ̅ post; after
@ at
< less than
> greater than
® rectal
a before
aa of each
A & O alert and oriented
a.c. before meals
a.m. morning
ABD abdominal
ACP acute care panel
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
amt. amount
APAP acetaminophen
AROM active range of motion
ASA aspirin
AX axillary (temp under the arm)
BID two times a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
C Celsius
C&S culture and sensitivity
c/o complains of
CA cancer
Ca calcium
CAD coronary artery disease
cal calorie
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CC chief complaint
CCU critical care unit; coronary care unit
chem. chemistry
CHF congestive heart failure
CI chloride
cm centimeter
CN charge nurse
CNS central nervous system
CPR cardio pulmonary resuscitation
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CRE creatinine
CS central supply
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
CVA cerebral vascular accident
CXR chest X-ray
DC discontinue
DM Diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DON Director of Nurses
DPT diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
Dr. doctor
DX diagnosis
EDC estimated date of confinement
EENT eyes, ears, nose, and throat
ENT ear, nose, throat
ER emergency room
ETOH alcohol
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
f/u follow up
FUO Fever unknown origin
Fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
Glu glucose
gtt drop
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecology
h hour
H2O water
HCT hematocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
HS hour of sleep
Ht height
Hx history
IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
I & D incision and drainage
I/O intake and output
IV intravenous
JVD jugular vein distension
K+ potassium
kg kilogram
KUB kidneys ureter bladder
KVO keep vein open
L liter
lab laboratory
lb. pound
LE/LLE/LUE lower extremity/left lower extremity/left upper extremity
LLQ lower left quadrant
LMP Last menstrual period
Lt. left
LUQ left upper quadrant
lytes electrolytes
MI myocardial infarction
MICU medical intensive care unit
mm millimeter
MVA motor vehicle accident
N/V nausea and vomiting
Na sodium
NaHCO3 sodium bicarbonate
NICU neonatal intensive care unit; neuro intensive care unit
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
noc night
NPO nothing by mouth
NVD nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
O&P ova and parasites
O.D. right eye [oculus dexter]
O.S. left eye oculus sinister – left handed people were once considered evil
OTC over the counter
O.U. both eyes [oculus uterque]
O2 Oxygen
OB-GYN obstetrics and gynecology, or obstetrician
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
oz. ounce
P pulse
p.c. after meals
PCN penicillin
p.m. evening
pedi pediatrics
PO by mouth
PPE personal protective equipment
PRN as needed
PROM passive range of motion
PT physical therapy
pt. patient
q every
q2h every 2 hours
q4h every 4 hours
qd every day
qh every hour
qid four times a day
QNS quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
QS quantity sufficient
R respirations
RBC red blood cells
RE/RUE/RLE right extremity/right upper extremity/right lower extremity
RICE rest, ice, compression, elevation
RLQ right lower quadrant
r/o rule out
ROM range of motion
ROS review of systems
RT respiratory therapy
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx prescription
SICU surgical intensive care unit
sig. to be labeled; write
SOAP Subject objective assessment plan
SOB shortness of breath
ss half
SSE soap suds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately
strep streptococcus
syr syrup
T temperature
tab tablet
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB tuberculosis
tbsp. tablespoon
TIA transient ischemic attack [mini stroke]
tid three times a day
TO telephone order
TNTC too numerous to count
TPR temperature, pulse, and respirations
tsp. teaspoon
UA urinalysis
UP universal precautions
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VO verbal order
VS vital signs
VSS vital signs stable
W/C wheelchair
WBC white blood cells
WNL within normal limits
wt. weight
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