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Medical Terms

A Before
AED Automated External Defibrillator
a.c. Before meals
ASA Aspirin
AMA Against medical advice
AMI Acute myocardial infarction
ASHD Arteriosclerotic heart disease
b.i.d. Twice a day
BP Blood pressure
BS Breath sounds, bowel sounds, or blood sugar
BVM Bag-valve-mask
c/o Complaining of
Ca Cancer/carcinoma
cc Cubic centimeter
CC Chief Complaint
CHF Congestive heart failure
CO Carbon monoxide
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema, chronic bronchitis)
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CSF Cerebrospinal fluid
CVA Cerebrovascular accident
CXR Chest X-ray
d/c Discontinue
DM Diabetes mellitus
DOA Dead on arrival
DOB Date of birth
Dx Diagnosis
ECG, EKG Electrocardiogram
e.g. For example
ETA Estimated time of arrival
ETOH Alcohol (ethanol)
Fx Fracture
GI Gastrointestinal
GSW Gun shot wound
gtt. Drop
GU Genitourinary
GYN Gynecologic
h, hr. Hour
H/A Headache
HEENT Head, ears, eyes, nose, throat
Hg Mercury
h/o History of
hs At bedtime
HTN Hypertension
Hx History
ICP Intracranial pressure
ICU Intensive Care Unit
IM Intramuscular
IO Intraosseous
JVD Jugular venous distension
KVO Keep vein open
L Left or Liter
LAC Laceration
LOC Level of consciousness
LR Lactated Ringers solution
mcg Micrograms
MS Morphine sulphate, multiple sclerosis
NAD No apparent dis tress
NC Nasal cannula
NKA No known allergies
npo Nothing by mouth
NRB Non-rebreather mask
NS Normal saline
NSR Normal sinus rhythm
NTG Nitroglycerin
N/V Nausea / vomiting
O2 Oxygen
OB Obstetrics
OD Overdose
OR Operating room
PCN Penicillin
PEA Pulseless electrical activity
PERL Pupils equal and reactive to light
PID Pelvic inflammatory disease
PND Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
po By mouth
PRN As needed
PSVT Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
Pt Patient
PTA Prior to arrival
PVC Premature ventricular contraction
q.h. Every hour
q.i.d. Four times a day
R Right
r/o Rule out
Rx or Tx Treatment
SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SOB Shortness of breath
stat. immediately
SVT Supraventricular tachycardia
TIA Transient ischemic attack
t.i.d. Three times a day
TKO To keep open
V.S. Vital signs
x Times
w/o or s without
WNL Within normal limits
y/o or y.o. Years old
Triangle Symbol change
+ Positive
- Negative
PRN as needed
NTE not to exceed
Q every
BID twice daily
QHS at night
QAM in morning
PO by mouth
IV intravenous
PR per rectum
SQ subcutaneous
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