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Abbreviations

Medical Abbreviations needed for CNA 090

TermDefinition
ABCD Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Defirillation
abd abdomen
ABR absolute bedrest
ac, a.c. before meals
ad lib as desired
adm. admission
ADLs activities of daily living
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
amb ambulate
amt amount
ap apical
AROM active range of motion
ASAP as soon as possible
as tol as tolerated
ax. axillary (armpit)
BID, b.i.d. two times daily
BM bowel movement
BP, B/P blood pressure
BPM beats per minute
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BSC bedside commode
c (with a line over c) with
C centigrade
CA cancer
cath. catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bedrest
CCU Cardiac care unit, cardiovascular care unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control
C. diff clostridium difficile
CHF congestive heart failure
ck check
cl liq clear liquid
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
c/o complaints of
CNA certified nursing assistant
CNS central nervious system
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CS central supply
CVA cerevrovascular accident (stroke)
CVP central venous pressure
CVS cardiovascular system
CXR chest xray
DAT diet as tolerated
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DON director of nursing
Dr., DR doctor
drsg dressing
DVT deep vein thrombosis
Dx, dx diagnosis
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
EMS emergency medical services
ER emergency room
exam examination
F fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
FF force fluids
ft foot
F/U, f/u follow up
FWB full weight bearing
FWW front wheeled walker
FYI for your information
geri chair geriatric chair
GI Gastrointestional
h, hr, hr. hour
H20 water
H/A, h/a headache
HBV hepatitis B virus
HHA home health aide
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV Human immunodeficiency virus
HOB head of bed
HS/hs hour of sleep
ht height
HTN hypertension
hyper above normal, fast, rapid
hypo low, less than normal,
ICU intensive care unit
I intake and output
IV intravenous
isol isolation
L, lt left
lab laboratory
lb. pound
lg large
LOC level of consciousness
LPN licensed pratical nurse
LTC long-term care
LTCF long term care facility
LVN licensed vocational nurse
M.D. medical doctor
MDS minimum data sheet
meds medications
MI myocardial infarction
min minute
mm Hg millimeters of mercury
mL milliliter
mod moderate
MRSA methicillin-resistant staphlococcus aureus
MSDS material safety data sheet
NA nursing assistant
n/a not applicable
n/c no complaints, no call
NG, ng nasogastric
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
NVD nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
NWB non weight bearing
OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
OSHA occupational safety and health administration
OT occupational therapy/ist
oz ounce
p (with a line of p) after
pc, p.c. after meals
PCA patient-controlled anesthesia (analgesic)
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
peri care perineal care
PHI protected health information
PNS peripheral nervous system
po by mouth
post-op after surgery
PPE personal protective equipment
per-op before surgery
p.r.n./prn as needed/necessary
PROM passive range of motion
PT physical therapy/ist
PVD peripheral vascular disease
PWB parital weight bearing
q (with a line above q) every
q2h, q3h, q4h every 2 hours, every 3 hours, every 4 hours
R, rt right
R respirations, rectal
RBC red blood cell/count
rehab rehabilitation
res. resident
resp. respirations
RF restrict fluid
R.I.C.E rest, ice, compression, elevatation
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
RR respiration rate
s (with a line above s) without
SNF skilled nursing facility
SOB short of breath
SP standard precautions
spec. specimen
S&S, s/s signs and symptoms
SSE soapsuds enema
staph stahplococcus
stat immediately
STD sexually transmitted disease
std. prec standard precautions
STI sexually transmitted infection
strep streptococcus
T., temp temperature
TB tuberculosis
TIA transient ischemic attack
tid three times a day
TLC tender loving care
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, and respiration
TWE tap water enema
U/A, ua urinalysis
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VRE vancomycin resistant enterococcus
VS, vs vital signs
WBC white blood cell/count
w/c, W/C wheel chair
WNL within normal limits
wt. weight
Created by: A.Groh