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Table 7

Common Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms

TermDefinition
AD; a.d. right ear
ADA American Dietitic Association (diet)
ad lib at liberty; freely; as desired
AS; a.s. left ear
ASAP as soon as possible
ATC around the clock
AU; a.u. both ears
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BSA body surface area
Bx biopsy
cc cubic centimeters; milliliters
cm centimeter
CNS central nervous system
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
DNI do not intubate
DNR do not resuscitate
DOB date of birth
Dx diagnosis
F/U follow up
Fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
GT gastrostomy tube
GU genitourinary
GYN; Gyn gynecology
HAI healthcare associated infection; hospital acquired infection; nosocomial infection
HOB; H.O.B. head of bed
HR heart rate
Hx history
I/O; I intake and output
LMP last menstrual period
NG nasogastric
NGT; ngt nasogastric tube
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NSA no salt added (diet)
NV; N nausea and vomiting
OD; o.d. right eye
OOB out of bed
ORTH; Ortho orthopedic
OS; o.s. left eye
OU; o.u. both eyes
P pulse
pp postprandial; after meals
RE: concerning
R/O rule out
RR respiratory rate
S/P status post; condition after
Sx symptom; signs
T; temp temperature
Tx treatment
UGI upper gastrointestinal
VS; v.s. vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, blood pressure)
YO; y/o year old
L; lt left
R; rt right
Created by: dolfin76986