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COTR-HCA Abbrev's

Medical Terminology Abbreviations

abd abdomen
ac before meals
ADL activities of daily living
ad lib as desired
AM (am) morning
amb ambulatory
amt amount
ap apical
bid twice a day
BM (bm) bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
line (-) over "c" (can't type this) with
C centigrade
CA cancer
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimetre
c/o complains of
CO2 (subscript: 2)(can't type) carbon dioxide
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
dc (d/c) discontinue
DOA dead on arrival
DON director of nursing
drsg dressing
dx diagnosis
ECC (EKG) eletrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
ER emergency room
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
fl (fld) fluid
gal gallon
GB gallbladder
GI gastrointestinal
h (hr) hour
H2O (subscript 2) (can't type) water
HS (hs) hour of sleep
ht height
in inch
I&O intake and output
IV intravenous
L left, litre
lab laboratory
liq liquid
LLQ left lower quadrant
lt left
LPN licensed practical nurse
LVN licenced vocational nurse
LUQ left upper quadrant
meds medications
mid noc midnight
min minute
mL millilitre
neg negative
noc night
NPO (npo) nothing by mouth
O2 (subscript 2) (can't type) oxygen
OB obstetrics
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
OT occupational therapy
oz (Oz) ounce
pc after meals
peds pediatrics
per by, through
PM (pm) after noon
po (per os) by mouth
postop (post op) postoperative
preop (pre op) preoperative
prep preparation
prn when necessary
Pt (pt) patient
PT physiotherapy
line (-) over q (can't type) every
qd every day
qh every hour
q2h, q3h, etc. every 2 hours, every 3 hours, etc.
qhs every night at bedtime
qid four times a day
qod every other day
R rectal temperature; respiration; right
RBC red blood cell; red blood count
RLQ right lower quadrant
RN registered nurse
ROM range of motion
RPN registered practical nurse; registered psychiatric nurse
RUQ right upper quadrant
line (-) over s (can't type) without
SOB shortness of breath
Spec (spec) specimen
SSE soap suds enema
stat at once, immediately
tbsp tablespoon
tid three times a day
TLC tender loving care
TPR temperature, pulse, and respirations
tsp teaspoon
U/a (U/A, u/a) urinalysis
VS (vs) vital signs
WBC white blood cell; white blood count
w/c wheel chair
wt weight
Created by: COTR-HCA