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NSG403 Abbreviations

National University: Nursing Theory Jan 2014

TermDefinition
AA&O Awake, alert & oriented
ABG arterial blood gas
a.c. before meals
ACS acute coronary syndrome
ADA American Diabetic Association
ADL activities of daily living
ad. Lib as desired
ADH anti diuretic hormone
afib atrial fibrillation
A flu atrial flutter
AICD automatic internal cardiac defibrillate
AKA above knee amputation also known as
ALS advanced life support
AMA Against medical advice American Medical Association
AP anteroposterior
ARDS acute respiratory distress syndrome
ATN acute tubular necrosis
AVR aortic valve replacement
BiPAP bi-level Positive Airway Pressure
BKA below knee amputation
BLS Basic life support
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BP Blood Pressure
BPH Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
bpm beats per minute
c with
C centigrade
C&DB cough and deep breath
C1 to C6 Cervical vertebrae 1-6
CABG Coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CBC Complete blood count
CC Chief complaint/concern centimeter cubed
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimeter
c/o complaining of
CO Cardiac output
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPT Chest Physio-Therapy
C&S culture and sensitivity
CVA cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
CVP central venous pressure
CX Culture
CXR Chest x-ray
DB deep breath
DBP Diastolic blood pressure
D/C discontinue Discharge
Diff. Differential White Blood Cell Count
DJD degenerative joint disease
DKA Diabetic ketoacidosis
DM diabetes mellitus
DME durable medical equipment
DNR do not resuscitate
DOE dyspnea on exertion
DVT deep vein thrombosis
Dx diagnosis
ED Emergency Department Erectile dysfunction
ECG/EKG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
EMS Emergency Medical Services
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
ENT Ear, Nose, Throat
ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
ESRD End Stage Renal Disease
ET endotracheal
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETOH Ethyl Alcohol
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
FFP Fresh frozen plasma
FH family history
FiO2 Fraction of inspired oxygen (used with cannula)
FUO Fever Unknown Origin
Fx fracture
g gram(s)
GCS Glasgow coma scale
GERD Gastroesophageal reflux disease
GI gastrointestinal
gr grain
drop
GU Genitourinary
Hct hematocrit
HDL high density lipoprotein
HEENT Head,eyes, ears, nose, throat
Hgb Hemoglobin
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HOB Head of bed
H&P History and Physical
HPI History of present illness
HR heart rate
h/hr hour
ht. height
HTN hypertension
Hx history
ICP intracranial pressure
ICU Intensive Care Unit
ID Infectious disease
I&D Incision and drainage
IgE immunoglobulin E
I&O Intake and output
IM intramuscular
IMP Impression
INR International normalized ratio (used for anticoagulant monitoring)
IV intravenous
IVC Inferior vena cava
IVF intravenous fluid
IVP intravenous pyelogram
JCAHO joint commission accreditation healthcare organizations
JP Jackson Pratt
JVD Jugular vein distension
K potassium
KCL potassium chloride
kg kilogram
KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
KVO keep vein open
L liter
L1 to L5 Lumbar vertebrata 1-5
LDL Low density lipoprotein
LE lower extremities
LLL Lower Left Lobe
LLQ Lower Left Quadrant
LMP Last Menstrual Period
LOS Length of stay
LP Lumbar puncture
LPN / LVN Licensed Practical Nurse Licensed Vocational Nurse
LR Lactated Ringers
LUL Left Upper Lobe
LUQ Left Upper Quadrant
LV Left Ventricle
LVEF Left Ventricle Ejection Fraction
m2 meters squared
MAP Mean arterial pressure
MAR Medication Administration Record
mg microgram
mEq milliequivalent(s)
mg milligram
MI myocardial infarction
MICU Medical Intensive Care Unit
min minute
mL milliliter
mmol millimole
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MRSA Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus
MVA motor vehicle accident
N/A Not applicable
Na sodium
NAD no acute distress
NC nasal cannula
NG nasogastric
NIDDM Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
NKA no known allergies
NPO Nothing per os (by mouth)
NS Normal Saline
NSR Normal sinus rhythm
NTG nitroglycerin
NV nausea & vomiting
NWB non-weight bearing
O2 oxygen
O2Sat percent arterial oxygen saturation
OG orogastric
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
ORIF open reduction internal fixation
OT occupational therapy
P pulse
PACU Post anesthesia care unit
p.c. after meals
PCO2 partial pressure carbon dioxide
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
per by, through
pH used to express acidity and alkalinity
PI Present Illness Personal Information
PICC Peripherally inserted central catheter
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PLT platelet
p.m. evening
PMH past medical history
PND paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
po by mouth (per os)
PO2 partial pressure oxygen, arterial
POC point of care
POD post-op day
ppd pack per day
PPN peripheral parenteral nutrition
PPV pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
PR per rectum
prn when necessary
pt patient
PT Physical Therapy
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PVR peripheral vascular resistance
PWB partial weight bearing
RBC red blood cell
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
ROS review of symptoms
RR Respiration Rate
RUL Right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
RV Right Ventricle
Rx medication
s sans = without
SaO2 arterial oxygen percent saturation
SBP systolic blood pressure
SCD sequential compression device (uses: post op and DM)
SCI Spinal cord injury
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SL sub lingual
SLE systemic lupus erythematosis
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
SOB Short of breath
S/P status post
SVC superior vena cava
SVR systemic vascular resistance
Sx symptoms
T1 to T12 Thoracic vertebrae 1-12
T&A tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy
TAH Total abdominal hysterectomy
TC&DB Turn, cough & deep breath
TF tube feeding
TIA transient ischemic attack
TKA total knee arthroplasty
TPN total parental nutrition
TPR Temperature, pulse, respiration
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
TURP Trans-urethral resection prostate
U/A urinalysis
UE upper extremities
U/O urinary output
URI Upper Respiratory Infection
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
V.O. Verbal Order
VRE Vancomycin resistant enterococci
VS Vital signs
VSS vital signs stable
WBAT weight bearing as tolerated
WNL within normal limits
w/o without
wt. weight
X times(mathematical)