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Abbreviations3 A-Z

Common Abbreviations A-Z

a before
aa of each
abd abdominal
a.c. before meals
ADL activity of daily living
ad lib as desired
a.m. morning
amt. amount
AROM Active Range Of Motion
AX axillary
BID two times a day (bis in die)
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom priviledges
C celsius
c (overlined -) with
cal calorie
cath catheter
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimeter
CN Charge Nurse
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
DC discontinue
DON Director Of Nurses
Dr. doctor
DX diagnosis
F fahrenheit
fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
gtt drop (latin gutta=drop)
GU genitourinary
h hour
H2O water
HOB Head Of Bed
HOH Hard Of Hearing
HS hour of sleep
I/O intake and output
IV intraveneous
kg kilogram
L liter
lb pound
LE/LLE/LUE lower extremity/left lower extremity/left upper extremity)
Lt left
MI myocardial infaction (heart attack)
mm millimeter
noc night
NPO nothing per mouth
N/V nausea and vomiting
S(ovelined -) without
sig. write,to be labeled
SOB shortness of breath
ss half (solo semi)
SSE soap suds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately
strep strptocuccus
syr syrup
T temperature
tab tablet
tbsp tablespoon
tid three times a day
TO telephone order
TPR temperature,pulse and respirations
tsp teaspoon
UP universal precautions
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract nfection
v.o. verbal order
v.s. vital signs
W/C wheel chair
wt. weight
Created by: peppiniello55