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Med. Symbols & Abbr.

Symbols and Abbreviations used in the Medical Field

Na Sodium
T, temp Temperature
RN Registered Nurse
N/S Normal Saline or NS
Stat Immediately; At once
prn Whenever necessary; as needed
EENT Ear, eye, nose, and throat
Increased or elevated
TPR Temperature, pulse, respiration
mL Milliliter
pre-op Before an operation
DRG Diagnostic related group[ing]
VS Vital Signs (TPR & BP)
LTC Long-term Care
Ht Height
# Pound
SSE Soap Solution Enema
cc Cubic centimeter
IPPB Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
__ ss One half (1/2)
I; i; T; π One
qt Quart
bid Twice a day
tid Three times a day
Cl Chloride or chlorine
_ c With
V Five
y/o Years Old
LMP Last Menstrual Period
po By mouth
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
BRP Bathroom privileges
subq, SQ Subcutaneous
CBC Complete Blood Count
< Less than
mg Miligram
WBC White Blood Count
X Ten
OPD Outpatient Department or Clinic
q12h Every twelve hours
Oz Ounce
tbsp Tablespoon
CVA Cerebral Vascular Accident
II; ii; TT; ππ Two
qod Every other day
> Greater than
ac Before meals
XR X-Ray
NPO Nothing by Mouth
' Foot or minute
q6h Every six hours
Bl Wk Blood work
˚ Degree
tab Tablet
cap Capsule
Decreased or lower; reduced
CRT Certified Respiratory Therapist
wt Weight
" Inch or second
♂ or M Male
FFl Force fluids
ROMs Range of Motion
spec Specimen
AP Apical Pulse
ABG Arterial blood gas
Dx Diagnosis
pt Patient; pint (500 mL or cc)
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
Hg Mercury
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
D Five Hundred
D/C Discontinue; discharge
M One Thousand
tsp Teaspoon
PT Physical Therapy/Therapist
H2O Water
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen
Cl liq Clear liquids
O2 Oxygen
AED Automated External Defibrillation
vp Venipuncture; Venous pressure
c/o Complains of
q Every
L Fifty
IV Intravenous
hx History
q2h Every 2 hours
Sx Symptom; sign
CCU Coronary Care Unit or Critical Care Unit
pc After meals
BMI Body Mass Index
gtts Drops
AM In the morning; before noon
ECG Electrocardiogram
Sig Give the following directions
Rx Prescription; take
Ob Obstetrics
OJ Orange juice
NaCl Sodium Chloride (Salt)
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
_ s, w/o Without
R respiration, rectal
♀ or F Female
Δ Change
w/c Wheelchair
qid Four times a day
Gyn Gynecology
IM Intramuscular
C One hundred
tx Traction; treatment; transplant
OU Each eye
ADL Activities of Daily Living
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
HS At bedtime; at hour of sleep
BR Bed Rest
mm Millimeter
YOB Year of Birth
OR Operating Room
h Hour
FBS Fasting blood sugar
CT Computerized Tomography
BP Blood Pressure
KCl Potassium Chloride
Created by: Nati512