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Nursing Shorthand

Abbreviations for nurses

STAT now
QD every day
BID twice a day
TID three times a day
QID four times a day
AC before meals
HS at bedtime
PRN as needed
up ad lib up at will
w/c wheelchair
ROM range of motion
BM bowel movement
I&O intake and output
UA urinary analysis
NPO nothing by mouth
Č with
Ŝ without
Sx symptoms
vss vital signs stable
wnl within normal limits
wt weight
y/o year old
nka no known allergies
NSR normal sinus rhythm
fx fracture
r/o rule out
s/p status post
H&P history and physical
PE physical exam (or pulmonary embolism)
MI myocardial infarction (heart attack)
L left
R right
abd abdomen
LUQ/RUQ left/right upper quadrant (of abdomen)
LLE/RLE left/right lower extremity
LUE/RUE left/right upper extremity
AKA above knee amputation
BKA below knee amputation
HEENT head, ears, eyes, nose, throat
Hx history
PMHx past medical history
CC chief complaint (or cubic centimeters)
mL milliliters
Dx diagnosis
c/o complains of
pt or PT patient or Physical Therapy
Created by: libbygrace7