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Nursing Acronyms

Abbreviations & Acroynyms For RN Program

AbbreviationDefinitionc
aa Repetition of same quanity for each item
AAA abdominal arotic aneurysm
AAD acute arotic dissection
AAO awake, alert, & oriented
AB abortion
ABC apples, bananas, cereal
Abd abdominal
ABD abduction
ABG arterial blood gas
ac before meals
AC acromioclavicular
ACBE air control barium enema
Acc accompanied, or accomodation
Acet acetone, or acetaminophen
ACI aftercare instructions
ACLS advance cardiac life support
Accom accommodation
Acid phos acid phosphate
ACTH adrenocorticotrophic hormone
ADA american diabetic association
Add adduction
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
adenoCA adenocarcinoma
ADHC Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
Adm admission
A/E above elbow
AFB acid fast bacilli
AFE aminiotic fluid embolus
AFP alpha feto protein
a. fib atrial fibrillation
a. flutter atrial flutter
AGA average gestational age
AgNo3 silver nitrate
A/G ration albumin/globulin ratio
AH abdominal hysterectomy
AHA american hospital association
AHD acute hemodialysis
AI/A. insuf. aortic insufficiency
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
aka also known as
AKA above knee amputation
Alb albumin
Alk alkaline
Alk. Phos/alk.p'tase alkaline phosphate
ALL acute lymphoblastic leukemia
ALOC altered level of consciousness
ALS advance life support
A.L.S. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Am before noon
A.M.A american medical association
AMA against medical advice
Amb ambulation/ambulatory
AMI acute myocardial infarction
AML acute myelocytic leukemia
amt amount
Amp amputation
ANA antinuclear antibody
Anes anesthesia
Ant anterior
AR/aort. Regurge aortic regurgitation
AS/aort. Sten aortic stenosis
AODM adult onset diabetes mellitus
A&P ausculation and percussion
appy appendectomy
AP, A/P anterior and posterior
APAP acetaminophen
AP&lat anterior, posterior, & lateral
Approx approximately
APS Adult Protective Services
Aq water
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
ARM/AROM active range of motion Artificial rupture of membranes
ASA/asa acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
ASAP as soon as possible
ASCVD arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease
ASVD arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
asp aspirate
ASPUD arteriosclerotic peripheral vascular disease
assist. assistance
as tol as rolerated
At.wt atomic weight
AV/AF anteverted/anteflexed
AW anterior wall
AV or A/V artrial/ventricular or arterial/venous
Avg. average
Ax axillary axis
AxR or XR ABD abdominal x-ray
A&W alive and well
AZT zidovudine (retrovir)
b beta
B, bil, bilat bilateral
Ba barium
BA blood alcohol
BACOP Bleomycin, adriomycin, cytoxan, Oncovin, and prednisone
Bands banded neutrophils
BB backward bend
BBB bundle branch block
BBS bilateral breath sounds
b.c. bone conduction
BCP benu, cytoxan, prednisone
BE barium enema
B/E below elbow
BF breast feeding
BGDR background diabetic retinopathy
b.i.d. twice a day
bili bilirubin
BIPAP biphasic positve airway pressure
BJME bones, joints, muscle, extremities
BKA below knee amputation
BLS basic life support
BM bowel movement
BMO bilateral mandibular osteotomy
BMR basal metabolic rate
BOA born out of asepsis
BOM bilateral otis media
BOW bags of water
BP or B/P blood pressure
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BPD bronchopulmonary displasia or Boderline Personality Disorder
BR bedrest
Brady brady cardia
BRBPR bright red blood per rectum
Bronch. bronchoscopy
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar or breath sounds
BSC bedside commode
BSO bilateral salpingo oophorectomy
BTB back to bed
BTL bilateral tubal litigation
BUN blood, urea, and nitrogen
BVM bag valve mask
Bx biopsy
C centigrade
C1-C7 cervical vertebrae 1-7
CA carcinoma/ cancer
Ca calcium
Cal. Ca calculated calcium
CAD coronary artey disease
Cal calorie
CAPD continuous ambulatory perotoneal dialysis
CAP cytoxan, adriamycin, cis-platinum
Cap capsule, capillary
Cap. Gas capillary blood gas
CAT computerized axial tomography
Cath catheter or catheterize
CAV cytoxan, adriamycin, vencristine
CBC complete blood count
CBS chronic brain syndrome
CCS California Children's Services
CCU Cardiac Care Unit
CDF California Department of Forestry
CEA carino embroyonic antigen
cgm centigram
CHD congestive heart disease
CHF congestive heart failure
chloe Cholesysectomy
Chr chronic
Cl chlorine, clear
cm centimeters
CMF cytoxan, methotrexate, 5-fluoracil
CML chronic myelocytic leukemia
CMV cytomegalo virus
CNS central nervous system
c/o complaint of
CO2 carbon dioxide
Comp compound or coplete or compensation
Cont continuous or continued
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP cerebral palsy
CPAP continous positive pressure ventilation
CPD caphalopelvic disproportion
CPK creatinine phosphokinase
CPM continuous passive range of motion
CPR cardio pulmonary resuscitation
CPS Child Protective services
Creat creatinine
Crit critical
CRP C-reactive protein
Cs cesium
C/S culture and sensitivity
C/sec or C/S Cesarean Section
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CSM circulation, sensation, movement
C-spine cervical spine
CRS cardiorespiratory system
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computerized tomography
CTA catamenial (menses)
CTAP clear to auscilation and percussion
CTR cardiothoracic ratio
CTX contractions
CV cardiovascular
CVA cerebrovascular accident
cva costovertebral angle
CVP cental venous pressure
CWS Child Welfare Services
CX culture or cross
CXP chest pain
CXR chest x-ray
D1-D12 dorsal vertebrae 1-12
D.A.A.T. developmental age assessment tool
Db decibels
d. bili direct bilirubin
DBP diastolic bloop pressure
D&C dilitation and curettage
Disch discharge
DD developmentally disabled
DDS doctor of dental surgery
Derm dermatology
dk dark
Diag/dx diagnosis
DIE died in emergency room
DIT died in transit (ambulance)
Diff differential blood count
Dil dilute
DIP distal interphalangeal joint
DI deciliter
DM diabetes mellitus
DME durable medical equipment
DNR do not resuscitate
DNS deviated nasal septum
D.O. Doctor of Osteopathy
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DOC, DOOC diabetes out of control
DPT diptheria, pertussis, tetanus
Dr. doctor
dr dram
DRMC Dealano Regional Medical Center
Dsg dressing
DT's delirium tremens
DTR deep tendon reflexes
DU duodenal ulcer
DUB dysfunctional uterine bleeding
D5W 5% dextrose in water
E enema
Ea, ea. each
EBL estimated blood loss
ECF extended care faciltiy
E. coli escherichia coli
Echo virus enterocryptopathogenic human orphan virus
Echo echocardiogram
EDC estimated date of confinment
EFOB elevate foot of bed
EEG electroencephalogram
EFM Electronic Fetal Monitor
e.g. for example
EGD Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
EKG/ECG electrocardiogram
Elix elixer
EMG electromyelogram
EMT (I or II) emergency medical technician
EMTALA Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act
ENT ear, nose and throat
EOA esophageal oral airway
EOM extraocular movements
Eos eosinophils
Epi epinephrine
Epith epithelium or epithelial
ER external rotation
ER/ED emergency room/ department
ESRD end stage renal disease
ESP extrasensory perception
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
EST electroshock therapy
est. estimated
ESWL extracorporeal shockwave lithrotripsy
ET endotracheal tube
ETA estimated time of arrival
ETOH alcohol
Et al and others
Etiol etiology
etiol. unk. Etiology unknown
EUA examination under anesthesia
EV eversion
Ex exercise
Exc excsion
Exp expiration
Exp. Lap exploratory laparotomy
Ext extension or extremity
Extr extract
c with (blank)
CVC central venous catheter (blank)
DAT diet as tolerated (blank)
DOE dyspnea on exertion (blank)
Dx Diagnosis (blank)
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