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Med Abbreviations

a before
abd abdomen
ABG arterial blood gas
ac before meals
AD right ear
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
adm admission
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AM before noon
AMA against medical advice or American Medical Association
amb ambulate
amt amount
ant anterior
AP anteroposterior
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
AS left ear
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears
ax axillary
B&B bowel and bladder training
BE barium enema
bid twice a day
bil bilateral
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP Bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
bsc bedside commode
BUN blood, urea, nitrogen
Bx biopsy
C Celsius
c with
CA cancer
Ca+ Calcium
CABG Coronary artery bypass graft
cal calorie
caps capsule
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
CC chief complaint
cc cubic centimeter
CCU coronary care unit
CHF congestive heart failure
Cl chloride
cl liq clear liquid
cm centimeter
CNS central nervous system
c/o, co complains of
CO2 carbon dioxide
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP chest pain or cerebral palsy
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
C&S culture and sensitivity
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computerized tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
Cx cervix
CXR chest xray
d day
DAT diet as tolerated
Dc, D/C discontinue or discharge
D&C dilation and curettage
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DTs delirium tremons
DW dextrose in water
Dx diagnosis
ea each
EBL estimated blood loss
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
EENT eyes, ears, nose, and throat
ER emergency room
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ETOH ethanol
FB foreign body
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
FF forced fluids or frequent fluids
Ft foot
FUo fever of undetermined origin
Fx, Fr fracture
gal gallon
GB gallbladder
GC gonorrhea
GI gastrointestinal
Gm or g gram (1000 mg)
gr grain (60 mg)
gtt, gtts drop, drops
GU genitourinary
gyn gynecology
h, H, hr hour
ha headache
HBV hepatitis B virus
Hct hematocrit (blood thickness)
Hg mercury
Hgb hemoglobin (Iron)
HIV human immunodeficiency viurs
H2O water
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
H&P history and physical
HS hour of sleep
HSV herpes simplex virus
Ht height
Hx history
ICU intensive care unit
ID intradermal
I&D incisions and drainage
IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
IM intramuscular
in inch
inj injection
I&O intake and output
IUD intrauterine device
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous pyelogram
IVPB intravenous piggyback
JVD jugular vein distention
K potassuim
KCL potassium chloride
Kg kilogram
KUB kidneys, ureters, bladder
KVO keep vein open
(L), lt left
L liter
lap laparotomy
lat lateral
lb pound
L&D labor and delivery
lg large
liq liquid
LLE left lower extremity
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
LOC loss or level of consciousness
LP lumbar pucntre
LR lactated ringer (IV)
LUE left upper extremity
LTC long-term care
LUQ left upper quadrant
m minim
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
mgg milligram
min minute
MI myocardial infarction
ml millitliters
mm millimeters
MN midnight
mod moderate
MOM milk of magnesia
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MVA motor vehicle accedient
N/A not applicable
N/C no complaints
N&V, n/v nausea and vomiting
Na sodium
NaCl sodium chloride
neg negative
ng nasogastric tube
noct night
NPO nothing per oral
NS normal saline (IV)
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OD right eye
OOB out of bed
OP outpatient
OR operating room
OS left eye
os mouth
OT occupational therapy
OTC over the counter
OU both eyes
Oz ounce
p after
pc after meals
PCXR portable chest exray
PDR physician's desk reference
PE physical exam
Peds pediatrics
PERLA pupils equal react to light and accommodation
PI present illness
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
pm after noon
PMH past medical history
po per oral
PO phone order
post posterior
post op post operative
PPE personal protective equipment
PRN as necessary
pt patient
PT prothrombin time
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PVC premature ventricular contraction
q every
qd every day
qh every hour
qhs every hour of sleep
qid four times a day
qod every other day
qs quantity sufficient
qt quart
R rectal
RBC red blood cell
RLE right lower extremity
RLQ right lower quadrant
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
RR respiratory rate and recovery room
rt right
RUE right upper extremity
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx prescription
s, w/o without
SC, subq subcutaneous
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
sig take the following direction
SL sublingual
sm small
SOB short of breath
sol solution
sp gr specific gravity
S/S, S&S signs and symptoms
ss one half
stat immediately
STI sexually transmitted Infection
supp suppository
T, Temp temperature
T&A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
tab tablet
T, tbsp tablespoon
TCDB turn, cough, and deep breathe
TIA transient ischemic attack
tid three times a day
TO telephone order
tol tolerated
TPR temperature, pulse, respirations
t, tsp teaspoon
TURP transurethral resection of the prostate
tx treatment or traction
UA,U/A urinalysis
ung ointment
URI upper respiratory infectin
UTI urinary tract infection
vag vagina
VO verbal order
vol volume
VS vital signs
WBC white blood cell
w/c wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
wt weight
x times
yr year
Created by: htj1996