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MHC (10 & 11)a

Common Abbreviations (10 & 11)

# pound
@ at
less than
> greater than
® rectal
a before
a.c. before meals
a.m. morning
aa of each
ABG arterial blood gas
ACP acute care panel
ad lib as desired
ADL activity of daily living
amt. amount
AROM active range of motion
AX axillary
BID two times a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
BUN blood urea nitrogen
C Celcius
ĉ with
C culture & sensitivity
c/o complains of
Ca calcium
cal calorie
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CCU coronary care unit, critical care unit
chem. chemistry
CHF congestive heart failure
circle with arrow male
circle with cross female
Cl chloride
cm centimeter
CMA Certified Medical Assistant
CN charge nurse
CNA Certified Nursing Aide
CNS central nervous system
CRE creatinine
CS central supply
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
CXR chest x-ray
DC discontinue
DON director of nurses
down arrow decrease
DPT diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
Dr. doctor
DX diagnosis
EENT eyes, ears, nose & throat
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
ER emergency room
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
GI lab gastrointestinal laboratory
Glu glucose
gtt drop
GU genitourinary
h hour
H2O water
HCT hemocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
HS hour of sleep
I/O intake and output
IV intravenous
K+ potassium
kg kilogram
L liter
lab laboratory
lb. pound
LE lower extremity
LLE left lower extremity
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
lt. left
LUE left upper extremity
LVN Licensed Vocational Nurse
lytes electrolytes
MD Medical Doctor
ME Medical Examiner
MI myocardial infarction
MICU medical intensive care unit
MLT Medical Lab Technologist
mm millimeter
N/V nausea & vomiting
Na sodium
NaHCO3 sodium bicarbonate
NICU neonatal intensive care unit, neural intensive care unit
noc night
NP Nurse Practitioner
NPO nothing by mouth
O ova & parasites
O.D. right eye
O.S. left eye
O.U. both eyes
O2 oxygen
OB-GYN obstetrics & gynecology, obstetrician-gynecologist
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
OT Occupational Therapist
oz. ounce
P pulse
p.c. after meals
p.m. evening
PA Physician’s Assistant
pedi pediatrics
PO by mouth
prn as needed
PROM passive range of motion
PT Physical Therapist
PT physical therapy
pt. patient
q2h every two 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 count
RE right extremity
RHIT Registered Health Information Technician
RLE right lower extremity
RMA Registered Medical Assistant
RN Registered Nurse
ROM range of motion
RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist
RT Respiratory Therapist
RT respiratory therapy
RUE right upper extremity
Rx prescription
ŝ without
SICU surgical intensive care unit
sig. write, to be labeled
SOB shortness of breath
ss half
SSE soap suds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately
strep streptococcus
syr syrup
T temperature
tab tablet
TB tuberculosis
tbsp. tablespoon
tid three times a day
TO telephone order
TPR temperature, pulse and respirations
tsp. teaspoon
UA urinalysis
UP universal precautions
up arrow increase
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
v.o. verbal order
v.s. vital signs
W/C wheelchair
WBC white blood cells
wt. weight
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