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abbreviations

nursing appreviations

TermDefinition
a before
ac before meals
ad lib as desired
ADLs activities of daily living
A&O alert and orientated
ASAP as soon as possible
bid twice per day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
c with
CA cancer
c/o complains of / complaints
C&S culture and sensitivity
d day
DAT diet as tolerated
dc discontinue
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
ENT ear, nose, throat
ETOH alcohol
H&H hemoglobin and hematocrit
HOB head of bed
HR heart rate
hs at bedtime / hour of sleep
IM intramuscular
I&O intake and output
IV intravenous
IVPB intravenous piggyback
noc night
NPO nothing by mouth
isol isolation
N&V nausea and vomiting
OOB out of bed
p after
pc after meals
PERRLA pupils, equal, round, reactive to light, accommodating
PMH past medical history
PO by mouth
PRN as needed
pt patient
q every
qd every day
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
qhs every evening
qid four times a day
QOD every other day
R/O rull out
ROM range of motion
RR respiratory rate
s without
SC subcutaneous
SL sublingual/under the tongue
SOB short of breath
SQ subcutaneous
STAT immediately
TCDB turn, cough, deep breath
TPR temperature/pulse/respiration
UA urinalysis
VS vital signs
w/c wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
qac before meals
Created by: cornvillenurse