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Nursing abbr.

Abbreviations for Nursing 101

abd abdomen
ac before meals
ADL activities of daily living
ad lib as desired
AKA above knee amputation
AM morning
AMA against medical orders
A-P anterior-posterior diameter
AP apical pulse
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
bid twice daily
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom priveleges
C centigrade
Ca calcium
CA, ca cancer,carcinoma
CAT or CT computerized axial tomography
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CCU coronary care unit
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
C & S culture and sensitivity
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
Cysto cystoscopy examination (bladder)
D5W dextrose 5% in water
D5NS dextrose 5% in normal saline
D51/2NS dextrose 5% in 0.45 normal saline
D5RL dextrose 5% in Ringer's lactate
dc'd, DC, disc discontinued
DOA dead on arrival
Drsg dressing
Dx diagnosis
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
Fe iron
Fx fracture
F fahrenheit
GI gastrointestinal
g gram
gr grain
gtt drops
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecology
hct hematocrit
Hg mercury
Hgb, hgb hemoglobin
H2O water
ht height
Hx history
IM intramuscular
I & O intake and output
IV intravenous
K potassium
kg kilogram
L liter
Lab laboratory
LLE left lower extremity
LOC level of consciousness
LP lumbar puncture
LVN licensed vocational nurse
LUE left upper extremity
mcg microgram
m meter
mEq mill equivalent
mEq/L mill equivalent per liter
mg milligram
mL, ml millileter
mm millimeter
NA nurses assistant
Na sodium
NG nasogastric
noc at night (nocturnal)
NPO nothing by mouth
NS, N/S normal saline
N & V nausea and vomiting
NWB non weight bearing
O2 oxygen
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
OT occupational therapy
P pulse
pc after meals
PE physical exam
Ped(s) pediatrics
per by or through
peri perineal, perineum
pH hydrogen ion concentration
PM afternoon
PO phone order
po by mouth
post op post operative(ly)
pre med pre medication
pre op pre operative(ly)
PT physical therapist
qid four times a day
RBC, rbc red blood count
R & L right and left
RLE right lower extremity
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
RR respiratory rate
RUE right upper extremity
Rx take, therapy, prescription
SC subcutaneous
SOB shortness of breath
spec specimen
SG, SPG, Sp gr specific gravity
stat at once, immediately
sub ling sublingual
susp suspension
Sx symptoms
tab tablet
TB tuberculosis
tbsp tablespoon
TCDB turn, cough, and deep breath
temp temperature
Tid three times a day
TO telephone order
TPR temperature, pulse, and respiration
trach tracheostomy
Tsp teaspoon
Tx treatment
U/A, UA urinalysis
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
Via by or through
VS, vs vital signs
WBC white blood count
WNL within normal limits
Wt weight
Created by: Frannikins