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abd abdomen
AC; a.c. before meals
ADL activities of daily living
ad lib as desired
AKA above-the-knee amputation
AM morning
AMB; amb ambulate; ambulatory
amt amount
ap; AP apical
BE barium enema (x-ray)
BKA below-the-knee amputation
BM; bm bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
c with
C centigrade; Celsius
Ca; CA Cancer
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
cal calories
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CNA Certified Nursing Assistant
C/O; c/o complaints of
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CNS central nervous system
CS central service
DOA dead on arrival
DOE dyspnea on exertion
DON Director of Nursing
drsg dressing
Dx diagnosis
ECG; EKG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
EENT eyes, ears, nose and throat
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
fl; fld fluid
Fx fracture
FUO fever of unknown origin
gal gallon
GB gallbladder
GI gastro-intestinal
GU genito-urinary
h; hr hour
H2O water
ht height
hx history
I&0 intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
IV intravenous
L liter; left
Lab laboratory
lb pound
liq liquid
LLQ left lower quadrant
LOC level of consciousness
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
lt left
LVN Licensed Vocational Nurse
LUQ left upper quadrant
meds medications
mid noc midnight
min minute
mL mililiter
NA nursing assistant
neg negative
noc night
NPO; npo nothing by mouth
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
os mouth
OT occupational therapy
oz; OZ ounce
PC; p.c. after meals
PCA patient controlled analgesia
Peds pediatrics
per by, through
PM afternoon
PO; po by mouth; orally
postop; post-op postoperative; post-operative
prep preparation
prn when necessary
Pt; pt patient
q every
qh every hour
q2h; q3h; q4h every two hours, every three hours, every 4 hours
R rectal temperature, respiration, right
RBC red blood cell; red blood count
RLQ right lower quadrant
R/O rule out
s without
SNF Skilled Nursing Center
Spec; spec specimen
stat immediately
SSE soapsuds enema
tbsp tablespoon
TLC tender loving care
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
tsp teaspoon
U/a; U/A; u/a urinalysis
UTI urinary tract infection
VS; vs vital signs
WBC white blood cells; white blood count
w/c wheelchair
wt weight